Post # 1
Yesterday I was out to lunch with several family members, including my 8 year old little cousin. I was pretty shocked when I heard her say, “Our waiter is gay.” However, nothing could prepare me for what she would say next! She exclaimed, “They have ruined that word. It’s supposed to mean ‘happy.’ But gay people have RUINED it.”
I was so taken aback, the words that were coming out of this innocent child’s mouth sounded like the hateful words of an adult! Her mother, in more shock than I, immediately asked her where she had heard that.
She said that her TEACHER told her class!!!!
She goes to a private Christian school. I am absolutely infuriated that a teacher would say something like that to a classroom of 8 year olds. Her mother is, understandably, even more furious than I am.
Even though she goes to a religious school, is it really to be expected that the teachers will instill such hatred in their young students?!
Post # 3
@Miss Sorbet: It’s not acceptable. If I were her mother I would be writing a letter to the headmaster…
Post # 4
Yes. They have to keep creating biggots…. Wouldn’t want the species to die out now would we?
Post # 5
@Miss Sorbet: WOW I would be SOOO mad and even more mad if I was paying for my kid to go to school there… NO ONE SHOULD TEACH A CHILD HATE EVER…
Post # 6
yea… thats so sad 🙁 i went to private catholic school and it was the same way… thank goodness for my amazing openminded mother 🙂
Post # 7
@Mrs.ChubbyBunny: so disgustingly true
Post # 8
I went to catholic school and never heard anything like that. My mother would have pulled me out if that was the case.
Post # 9
I’m in no way saying the 8 year old is not telling the truth, but could it be possible that she
didn’t hear the teacher correctly or misunderstood what the teacher meant? I wouldn’t be
willing to step out and get what could be a good person and a good teacher fired over
this. Of course if more stuff happens I’d look into it.
Post # 10
OY. What stupidity. Although the word “gay” was not widely recognized as meaning “homosexual” until the mid-20th century, according to Wikipedia, “It was originally used to refer to feelings of being “carefree”, “happy”, or “bright and showy”; it had also come to acquire some connotations of “immorality” as early as 1637.
Someone should explain to that teacher that the meanings are closely related. Gay = light and carefree –> free/unconstrained sexuality –> sexuality outside the bounds of acceptability –> homosexuality.
Post # 11
Wow. How sad.
I do think it should be noted that not all “religious” schools follow that same ideology.
Post # 12
@mightywombat: Very well put.
@Gemstone: You’re right! I definitely didn’t mean that all are like that, sorry if my original post came off that way.
Post # 13
@Mrs.ChubbyBunny:Wow, rather offended by your comment as I went to Christian school and had no teachers ever teach such things. We were taught the same as public school kids except we had Bible class (where we studied the Bible) and chapel, where we sang and prayed.
We were taught to love everyone and that it is not our place to judge others, as you seem to be doing by basically stating that all those who went to Christian school are indocrinated to be bigots.
Post # 14
I know some very happy homosexual people, so I don’t see how they could have ruined the word. They live it.
Sarcasm aside, this teacher has no business educating impressionable young children. Unfortunately, this being a private religious school, the administration will likely defend her.
On the bright side, I had a very opinionated douchebag teacher in elementary school, who said some pretty offensive things, and I turned out ok. All hope is not lost for your cousin.
Post # 15
@Gemstone: Agreed. I’m not religious, however, I was brought up as, and went to a Catholic School my whole life (obvi. until adulthood). We had openly gay & lesbian people in our school and most of the people (if not all the teachers especially) were accepting of everyone. (obviously there were some losers, but they were loser in every sense of the word… ya know?)
That is SO terrible. ugh.
Post # 16
@jenewitt: I didn’t say that it in a religious sense at all. There are biggots in the world unfortunately. There was no implication of anything, actually. I myself am a Christian and don’t hate anybody. The teacher (if she actually made the comment) is in fact, a biggot and is spreading her hatred, regardless of her religious views and/or occupation.
self-edited for snark. That comment was rude and not in my normal behavior. Aplogies to jenewitt.