Days after Indiana teacher Diana Medley became the face for a gay-free, alternative prom proposed by Christian high school students
, the special education teacher is now facing a backlash from social networkers and school administrators.
In an interview with the Indiana Star
, David Springer, principal at Sullivan High School where controversy arose, told the newspaper that Medley's stance was not representative of the district.
"[Ms. Medley] doesn’t speak for us, or represent us, or even work for us. She’s been associated with us, but that is unfortunate," said Springer on Wednesday.
Medley is employed in a nearby school district that is overseen by the Northeast School Corp., of which Sullivan High School is a part.
"Everybody we talk to, we set the record straight. There are thousands of people out there with an opinion, and we’re dealing with the misunderstandings," added Springer.
In addition to Springer's rebuff of Medley, others have taken to the Internet to express their dislike for the teacher.
In a video posted Monday on YouTube entitled "Indiana Bigot Meets Billy Madison," Medley's comments are spliced with a scene from the 1995 comedy film "Billy Madison."
The edited clip begins with Medley's defense of the students' decision to bar gay students in an alternative prom:
"We don't agree with it and its offensive to us . . . I don't believe that they were born that way, I think that life circumstances made them choose that, I think that God made everybody equal . . . A gay student or adult or person isn’t going to come up and make some change unless it's because they realize that you know what it was a choice and I'm choosing God."
After cutting back between Medley and an auditorium of uninterested school kids in the clip, a commentator in the film addresses Medley, saying:
"What you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things that I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it."
In addition to the principal's remarks and the viral video, which has already had nearly 670,000 views on YouTube, the Northeast School Corp., which employs Medley, also released a statement this week distancing itself from her remarks.
"The Northeast School Corporation has never denied any student the right to attend prom or any other Northeast School Corporation-sponsored event due to their race, gender or sexual orientation . . . The views expressed are not the views of the Northeast School Corporation and/or the Board of Education."
Medley has yet to address the widespread condemnations sparked by her comments.
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