A special education teacher from Indiana has stated that gays have no purpose and is promoting a prom that will exclude gay students. Diana Medley, who is employed by North Central High School in Sullivan County, pointed out her views during a meeting to organize a “traditional prom.”
Medley joined several high school students and their parents at Sullivan First Christian Church on Sunday. The group was formed in an attempt to host a prom that will ban gay students. Sullivan High School officials have refused to ban LBGT from their official prom.
As reported by mywabashvalley.com, the group at Sullivan First Christian Church disagrees with school officials and have organized a prom that will conform to their beliefs.
Several students in support of the “traditional prom” feel that others agree, but may be afraid to state their opinion. Student Kynon Johnson suggests that if the group is able to organize a “good prom,” students could chose to “come and follow what they believe.”
A special education teacher from another local high school thinks that gay couples attending a prom are “offensive.” Diane Medley further stated that students choose to be gay and are not born that way. When asked by a reporter if she believes that gays “have a purpose in life,” Medley gave the following response:
“No I honestly don’t. Sorry, but I don’t. I don’t understand it. A gay person isn’t going to come up and make some change unless it’s to realize that it was a choice and they’re choosing God.”
Information from dc.doe.in.gov confirms Medley’s employment as a teacher for children with “mild disabilities.” Her licensing information indicates that she has 15 years of teaching experience and is currently under contract with North Central High School.
A petition has been created on change.org, demanding disciplinary action against Medley, including termination. The petition expresses concern for the well-being of gay students:
“This is woman teaching our children — including openly gay students. Gay Teenagers have the HIGHEST rate of suicide in our country, surely Mrs. Medley’s lack of concern for their emotional and mental well-being, as well as her mis-understanding of their purpose in life makes her a threat to not only students in her classroom, but, in her community.”
Medley contends that she is not opposed to counseling students who are gay, but they understand that she is opposed to their behavior and lifestyle choices. Although she has stated that she believes gays have no purpose in life, she does point out that she cares cares about them:
“It’s the same thing with my special needs kids, I think God puts everyone in our lives for a reason.”