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Student Sues School District and Teacher After Being Punished for Expressing His Religious Beliefs

Thomas More Law Center: The Thomas More Law Center (TMLC) filed a federal lawsuit yesterday afternoon against the Howell Public School District located in Howell, Michigan, and teacher, Johnson (“Jay”) McDowell, for punishment and humiliation heaped on a student after he expressed his religious belief opposing homosexuality when asked by the teacher during class.
The student, Daniel Glowacki, a junior at Howell High at the time of the incident, was specifically asked by McDowell about his feelings on homosexuals. Daniel responded that as a Catholic he was offended by the gay and lesbian lifestyle.  Because of his answer, Daniel was ordered to leave the classroom under threat of suspension.
As news of the incident spread, homosexual activists across the country hailed McDowell as a hero and vilified Daniel and his family, as “bigots”, referring to Daniel’s religious objections to the homosexual agenda as “hate” speech. McDowell is head of the school’s teachers union. The Michigan Education Association, the state teachers’ union, supported McDowell’s actions.
National lesbian TV host, Ellen DeGeneres got in on the anti-Glowacki campaign. Daniel even became the subject of a school assembly.
The incident occurred on October 20, 2010, the day that Daniel’s Economics class teacher, Jay McDowell, wore a purple “Tyler’s Army” t-shirt, as part of a national campaign promoted by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation to highlight alleged “bullying” of homosexuals.
Rather than teach academic courses that day, McDowell decided to spend the entire day promoting this national pro-homosexual agenda, which included showing his classes a video concerning such “bullying.”
Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of TMLC, commented: “Rather than teach the required Economics curriculum for which he is paid, McDowell, with the full knowledge of school officials, used his position of authority to promote his homosexual agenda at taxpayer’s expense. This case points out the outrageous way in which homosexual activists have turned our public schools into indoctrination centers, and are seeking to eradicate all religious and moral opposition to their agenda.”
Thompson added, “It defies common sense for schools to ban all sorts of unhealthy foods while at the same time promoting the homosexual lifestyle, which hard statistics show increases drug abuse, suicides and reduces the life expectancies by several years. Schools that promote such lifestyles are engaging in a form of child abuse.”
The incident all started when McDowell ordered a student in his classroom to remove her confederate flag belt buckle because he was offended by it. Daniel pointed out the teacher’s obvious hypocrisy: the teacher can promote a message that might be offensive to students, but students can’t wear clothing that expresses a message that is offensive to the teacher.
In total disregard of his professional responsibilities as a teacher and the constitutional rights of his students, after ordering Daniel to leave the classroom, McDowell asked the remainder of the class whether anyone else did not accept homosexuality. A student raised his hand, and McDowell ordered him out of the classroom as well.
In this case, the teacher became the bully, and the students who opposed his homosexual agenda became his victims.
A 14-year old openly gay student who supported McDowell at subsequent school board meeting appeared on the “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to discuss his speech. The student was rewarded with a $10,000 academic scholarship by a digital media company.
The TMLC, a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan filed the lawsuit on behalf Sandra Glowacki and her son Daniel in the federal District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. TMLC is representing the family at no charge.
The lawsuit claims that Daniel Glowacki’s constitutional rights to freedom of speech and equal protection have been violated by the policies and actions of the school district and McDowell. Among other things, the lawsuit seeks nominal damages, a declaration that the school policies and actions violate the Constitution, and injunction to prohibit further constitutional violations.  
In cooperation with the NEA, the MEA, and the HEA, and in furtherance of the national agenda of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (“GLAAD”), the School District permitted the celebration of “Spirit Day” at Howell High School on October 20, 2010. On Spirit Day, people who support the acceptance of homosexuality wear the color purple. In fact, the School District permitted its teachers to sell purple t-shirts with the slogan “Tyler’s Army” to students and teachers to promote the 2010 Spirit Day. “Tyler’s Army” is a reference to Tyler Clementi who committed suicide after a video of him having sex with another male student in his dorm room was posted on the Internet.
Senior Trial Counsel, Robert Muise, handling the case, stated: “Homosexual activists, with the willing and complicit support of public school districts and teachers’ unions throughout the country, are using our public schools to foist their destructive agenda on our children, thereby creating a hostile learning environment for those students who oppose this agenda on religious and moral grounds.  This case is just one example of the pernicious effect these activists are having on our students and in our community.  We intend to stop it.”
The Howell School District and the Michigan Education Association (“MEA”), which is a subsidiary of the National Education Association (“NEA”), along with the Howell Education Association (“HEA”), which is a chapter of the MEA, have forged a symbiotic relationship and have worked with one another to adopt policies, that promote homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle and to prohibit religious opposition to homosexuality. The school district has promoted the concept that religious opposition to homosexuality is equivalent to bullying, hate speech, and homophobia in order to eradicate such opposition.
To this “teacher” McDowell – if you don’t want to hear an answer that doesn’t align with your opinion, then don’t ask the question.  But clearly he had an agenda in asking a question that is completely unrelated to economics.

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20 responses to “Student bullied by high school teacher

  1. This incident is “Thought Police Brutality” and reinforces a need for home schooling. When 40% of graduates are unsuited for the work force, why would parents subject their children to unhealthy and unsafe environments that do not improve their life skills, minds, and spirituality?

  2. Schools are no longer in the business of imparting disciplined knowledge. They are attitude and behavior change factories. It’s time to stop the pretense of calling it “education.”

  3. After the student answered HONESTLY and openly, IMO the teacher should have told the class they were to ACCEPT a DIFFERENCE of OPINION as being the way to gain insight and understanding of another POV. The POV is what it is; the attitude is all. “There’s nothing right nor wrong but thinking makes it so….” is a paraphrase of Shakespeare, but the point again is that the students should have been encouraged to accept it, think about it, and AFTER REFLECTION come back with their statement or POV. As one who has been both a teacher and employer, humiliation of either a student or an employee is NEVER ACCEPTABLE. It is ALWAYS BAD BEHAVIOUR, and NEVER a role model.

  4. Any bullying I ever saw focused upon just about anything but homosexuality– power, namely– and gay kids hit each other like anyone else, too. “If I were muslim, you wouldn’t be punishing me,” the kid should’ve said.

  5. For several reasons, this lawsuit is going nowhere, except, that is, towards helping the Thomas More Law Center beg for and receive donations from gullible suckers. You can find their tax returns online. Their two lead attorneys are compensated in a rough vicinity of $200K every year, and yet it’s a relatively rare year that they are awarded that total amount ($375K) by courts for the lawsuits they present in any given year. In other words, the public donating to them is donating mainly for cases that they lose, and for them to be compensated that way. Take a good look and observe how they turn “press releases” about cases recently filed into sales pitches for donations. Then, the actual events in the classroom of that day are hearsay — but the teacher has been consistent in his version of events whereas the student has told contradictory things to various venues. Remember that what matters is not what is in the Complaint document alone but rather what is in the Complaint document plus what is in the Response document plus what the judge decides after reviewing those two documents. In their press releases that direct followers towards giving donations, these attorneys obviously are not going to tell potential money givers what the legal problems with this case are likely to be.

    • Well they most likely may get no where…our courts full of liberal activists instead of impartial judges.
      And why would the Law Center reveal potential legal problems? Giving away your faults to the court and opposition doesn’t sound like a good game plan.
      As for any gullible suckers, one must always thoroughly do their homework before contributing money to any organization.

    • Scott Rose, your comment reflects that you know little about the legal process or the issues that have been presented by this post. Alexander Pope said, “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.” You are dangerous because of your ignorance. There is absolutely no point in presenting a rebuttal to you because you do not understand the issues and I have too much to do in my day today, with limited energy and physical ability, to attempt to explain them to you. I suggest you read the post very carefully again, put yourself in the student’s shoes and ask yourself if he was being treated fairly and if his rights were violated. Please do a service to yourself and to us and THINK.

      • Dear Joan:
        I believe the couplets from Pope go thusly:
        “A little learning is a dangerous thing;
        drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring:
        there shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
        and drinking largely sobers us again.”
        “Pieria, where the sacred spring was situated, was a region of ancient Macedonia, the location of Mount Olympus, and believed the home and seat of worship of Orpheus and the Muses, the deities of the arts and sciences. The spring is believed to be a fountain of knowledge that inspires whoever drinks from it.” This is my paraphrase from Wikipedia on Pierian Spring.

  6. Bullying,Hate-crimes against a minority religion (Christianity) and child abuse…..for that matter white male heterosexuals are a minority,too..
    All this PC-talk has me feeling oppressed 🙂

    • Political correctness is all about hating the right people, you know. Rights are for selfish, racist and intolerant people people who need them… an obstacle to “social justice” (where everyone can have no rights or freedom equally, of course).

      • Oh, and speaking ill of political correctness, here’s its latest forray into life in North Carolina with left/liberals being offending… apparently their hearts bleed for ‘Possum that ain’t even dead.
        “North Carolinian Town‘s New Year’s Eve Opossum Drop Under PETA Attack,” by The Blaze via Yahoo! News, 18 Dec 2011
        No, the critter is in a clear box (like the ball in NYC) and not tossed, dropped or flung through the air in harmful manner… in this day and age, only the left/liberal sense of quality entertainment need be injured.

        • I’m a member of PETA! We know what that stands for 🙂
          Why haven’t they tried to ban fireworks? Those things frighten many animals across the whole US on the Fourth.

  7. Whenever in a public school people have wanted to present untestable religious notions as though they were equal or even superior to testable scientific thought, the scientific thought ultimately always prevails. There were anti-black bigots that thought it was God’s will for the races to be separated in the public schools — and a very notorious bigoted judge’s wrong decision on a segregation-related matter. This bullcrap of sexual orientation apartheid being justified through religious notions is going the way of religious justifications for racial apartheid. The more the bigots lose, the shriller they become in their arguments.

    • Untestable religious notions? That’s your opinion. How come the Prophets were correct in their predictions? I’m sure our resident Bible expert will have more to say on this issue, warning Scott – sage knows a thing or two about this subject 🙂
      No where is it God’s will for sexual orientation or racial apartheid. This blog post has nothing to do with race, first of all. Secondly, as for sexual orientation, you can practice what you want in the privacy of your bedroom. You have to answer to God for your choices.
      You might have been more convincing here had you spoken to the blog post, i.e., freedom of speech, instead of dissing religion (on a Christian blog no less) and calling us bigots. But that might have required some thought…

  8. The instance of an economics teacher pointedly asking a student for his opinion on a totally unrelated subject of homosexual approval or disapproval was irrelevant and inappropriate in an objective teaching course and also led to the humiliation of a child for honestly speaking his mind due to his religious convictions. This is emblematic of the John Dewey model of socialist teaching that forces children to submit to the will of the group rather than being allowed to seek their own level achievement in an objective learning environment.Controversial social issues especially sexual content have no place in an economics class. This is emblematic of the public school agenda of forcing convoluted social issues down kid’s throats while bullying them over matters better left to parents to instill. This is the result of our downfall in education as compared to the superior performance of school children in other nations as our leftist leaders dumb down and indoctrinate our children into perverse lifestyles.

    • Ah, John Dewey’s ideas… which led to the book “Why Can’t Johnny Read” among other things. Who needs to educated people, left/liberals feel, when they can have them agitate for “social justice” at things like Occupy Wall Street?

  9. Sad. My parent wouldn’t have let this go on. There is no place in the schools for this persecution. They have no right to be so INTOLERANT of our Christian beliefs. We are not hurting them.
    It’s sad more people don’t rise up against this crap.

  10. What people apparently do not understand is that just because the Thomas More Law Center puts something into a Court pleading with Daniel Glowacki’s name on it, doesn’t mean that what TMLC put into the pleading constitutes the facts of the case for legal purposes.


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