High school teen Daniel Glowacki has filed a federal lawsuit against Howell Public School District in Michigan and his teacher Johnson “Jay” McDowell over his right to speak out against people who are gay.
The lawsuit, which was filed by Daniel's mother, Sandra Glowacki, says McDowell kicked out Daniel Glowacki, 16, then a junior, from an economics class on Oct. 20, 2010, while the district was observing anti-bullying day and Spirit Day.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation encourages Americans to wear purple on Spirit Day to support LGBT youth who may feel harassed because of their sexual preference.
“I explained the difference between the flags, and he said, 'I don't accept gays,'” McDowell said.
McDowell told the student it was not appropriate to say such things in the classroom.
“And he said, 'Why? I don't accept gays. It's against my religion,'” McDowell said.
McDowell instructed Glowacki and another student to leave the classroom.
The lawsuit also accuses McDowell, who wore a shirt in support of Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers University freshman who committed suicide over anti-gay bullying, of promoting homosexuality.