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Teacher Sends Bizarre FB Message After Orlando Attack

| by David Bonner
Ali Chaney wearing her controversial shirtAli Chaney wearing her controversial shirt

A Texas mother of an openly gay teenage daughter received the following Facebook message:

In light of the Orlando incident [where] all gay people were openly slaughtered, I wonder if you'd still let your daughter wear the t-shirt to school that caused public controversy and may have subjected her to possible harm by others? Being gay isn’t a crime but publicly forcing your opinion upon others, and to do it through your child at school, will always be offensive to others.

The daughter, Ali Chaney, made news in May when she got in trouble for wearing a shirt to school that said: “Some people are gay. Get over it.” School authorities demanded that she change the shirt.

Wendy Sledd, a spokeswoman for the school district, said the shirt was "disruptive," and therefore broke the dress code, reports Pink News. 

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According to the statement issued by Sledd:

Our purpose at CCISD is to educate children, first and foremost. According to CCISD’s dress code in the student handbook and code of conduct, clothing that is disruptive to the learning environment based on reactions by other students is prohibited. The student was offered a school shirt to wear and declined.

The Facebook message to Ali’s mother originated from an account with the name Janice Williams, which is also the name of a teacher at an elementary school in the same school district as Ali’s junior high, reports the Daily Mail.

Williams duly responded, saying that her Facebook account had been hacked.

As she told a local news station: "My FB account was hacked yesterday and I was not responsible for the message sent to the lady causing her to believe that her child would be harmed. It took several attempts to delete the account after notifying FB that my account had been hacked.”

She concluded by apologizing for whatever harm had been done. Ali's mother, however, didn’t buy the explanation, calling it “garbage,” according to the Daily Mail.

Sources: Daily Mail, Pink News / Photo credit: Facebook via Daily Mail

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