Video: Teacher Susan Johnson Suspended for Allowing Pro-Gay Marriage Song to be Played in Class
Performing arts teacher Susan Johnson was suspended without pay for allowing a student to play a pro-gay marriage song during class at Centennial Middle School in South Lyon, Michigan (video below).
In her eighth grade class, last Wednesday, a student asked if he could play a song called 'Same Love' by rapper Ben Maclemore, which is in support of gay marriage, reports Fox 2 News.
Johnson told Fox 2 News: "I asked him a few questions about the song. If it was violent, if there was any profanity, and he said 'no.' And I said this sounds like a great song to go ahead and use for the class."
"This is one of the things in my school that we're trying to practice and we're trying to instill in our students is tolerance to diversity."
However, another student went to the school's office and complained.
Johnson says that the principal and assistant superintendent told her she was suspended indefinitely without pay. Later, in a closed door meeting, Johnson found out that she would be suspended for three days and not paid for two.
"I don't think that it was really even thought through," Johnson said. "I was paralyzed. I really didn't understand why I was being suspended. I'm very disappointed in the bias, the bigotry that I feel that they're really hiding behind."
"I really love my kids and I never want to hurt them, but I also know that there's a lot of bullying and there's a lot of gay bashing and racial issues going on in our country and I want the kids to feel comfortable in my class no matter who they are."
In paperwork given to Johnson, the school claims the song had controversial content (homosexuality, religion, politics views and a sexual slur). The school also said that Johnson should have asked permission first.