Teacher Calls Schools ‘Concentration Camps,’ Keeps Job

A public school teacher in North Carolina wrote an article in a homeschooling magazine calling schools “concentration camps” and said that public schools turn kids gay and he’s keeping his job. The school suspended him without pay for a week.

A teacher who compared Fuquay-Varina High School to a concentration camp will keep his job but will be suspended for five days without pay, the Wake County Public School System announced Friday.

Ray Fournier, a biology teacher at the high school, also will be given unspecified “guidance and assistance” by school officials to prevent a similar incident from occurring in the future, the school system said in a statement.

In September, Fournier wrote a magazine article comparing the school to a concentration camp and blaming it for turning a student gay. In the article, which encouraged Christian families to pull their children out of public schools, he referred to his own job as “behind enemy lines.”

The comments drew national attention and complaints from parents and students, prompting school officials to investigate. Fournier, who has taught at Fuquay-Varina High since 2000, remained in the classroom during the investigation.

In Friday’s statement, the school system said it “recognizes and respects the First Amendment rights of its employees to free speech in their private lives to the extent the exercise of these rights is not disruptive to students, staff, or the school environment.”

He has every right under the First Amendment to say what he said, but it seems pretty obvious to me that he has declared himself unfit to be a public school teacher. Why on earth should we have someone who thinks schools are like Nazi death camps teaching in those schools?

Fournier apologized for the Holocaust remarks soon after they were published in the Christian magazine “No Greater Joy.” But he never addressed his anti-gay statements or remarks that, as a biology teacher, he despises teaching evolution as required by the state.

“Some people might not understand the seriousness of the spiritual destruction of our children and as a result, might come to the conclusion that I am being disrespectful to those families who directly suffered in the holocaust,” he wrote in his apology last month.

No, that isn’t an apology, that’s a doubling down. Fire this man. Now.

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  • Crimson Clupeidae

    Biology? Given his views, I would have someone monitor what he’s actually teaching in his classroom. Keep an eye for materials from the Discotute.

  • Doubting Thomas

    Yeah, Biology? If you come out as opposed to the teaching of the main pillar of your field, how does that not disqualify you? If a math teacher taught that 2 + 2 does not equal 4, he’d be fired. If a history teacher taught that the North did not win the Civil War, or that the Nazis won WWII, he’d be fired. (Not that history teachers aren’t still lauding the achievements of Cristobal Colon.)

  • dhall

    #2 Not all history teachers. None that I know of, actually, including myself. We actually do the opposite of what you’re accusing us of. Try not to over-generalize.

  • bybelknap

    2+2=5 for sufficiently large values of two.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    I don’t see what the fuss is about. He’s right. I take it you don’t remember taking Spiritual Destruction, or did none of you go to Hogwart’s?

  • D. C. Sessions

    Sorry, Modus, but in my case it was Warthogs. And you might get a Snitch, but don’t try to catch a 30.

  • John Pieret

    Why on earth should we have someone who thinks schools are like Nazi death camps teaching in those schools?

    If you fire him now, he’ll sue claiming that he was fired for exercising his free speech and he’d have a colorable claim under Pickering v. Board of Education. The school will have to build up a case that he, in fact, is unfit to be a public school teacher.

    as a biology teacher, he despises teaching evolution as required by the state

    The first thing the school should do is have someone who values science monitor every unit Fournier teaches that includes evolution.

  • Larry

    Sounds like the perfect candidate to monitor after-school detention. Just get him out of the classroom. He obviously doesn’t respect his job to the detriment of the students.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    D. C. Sessions “Sorry, Modus, but in my case it was Warthogs. And you might get a Snitch…”

    When we caught snitches, snitches got stitches. The head Screw banned our House’s Quidditch team for that. Puff 4 Life.

  • MyPetSlug

    As I was reading the article, I was like, that dude can’t be happy about teaching evolution either.

    , as a biology teacher, he despises teaching evolution as required by the state.

    Oh, there we go. What a surprise. What are the odds here that he’s teaching evolution correctly? I’d bet money on this being a Freshwater like situation with maybe AIG material being passed out in class, but collected when it ends so he doesn’t get caught.

  • eric

    In Friday’s statement, the school system said it “recognizes and respects the First Amendment rights of its employees to free speech in their private lives to the extent the exercise of these rights is not disruptive to students, staff, or the school environment.”

    This guy is not fired, yet in the past a woman teacher has been fired for posting a picture of herself in a bikini on her own facebook page. Google tells me another woman teacher was fired for referring to her students as “snotty” and “arrogant” on her facebook page (which is bad, but I contend not holocaust bad. Its certainly far truer than what this guy said). Granted these were all entirely different school systems, but am I wrong in thinking there may be a pretty damn big gender gap here in how teachers’ private freedom of speech is respected?

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    Why on earth should we have someone who thinks schools are like Nazi death camps teaching in those schools?

    Why on earth would someone who thinks schools are like Nazi death camps want to be teaching in those schools? Isn’t he effectively saying that he’s like a guard at a death camp, a willing volunteer, making him morally responsible for the murders that go on?

  • http://www.clanfield.net janiceintoronto

    Nothing will happen to him. Perhaps a slap on the wrist for theatrical purposes.

    This happened in North Carolina. The guy is pretty much safe to say whatever the fuck he wants, he’s a good Christian and the public there will love him. He’s just so brave…

  • Pierce R. Butler

    At least “biology” “teachers” in North Carolina probably don’t get to use Tesla coils on their students…

  • http://www.facebook.com/den.wilson d.c.wilson

    Area Man@12:

    That was my first thought. He should resign and go work for some fundie school where they teach only Jesus-approved biology.

  • grumpyoldfart

    Five days without pay – that’s a small price to pay for a brave little soldier in the army of the lord.

  • Ellie

    He wrote for “No Greater Joy” magazine? Trash put out by child abuse proponents Michael and Debi Pearl. They are scum, and I’m sure they were happy to print whatever this poor excuse for a teacher, had to say.

  • dingojack

    Speaking of history –

    concentration camps date back to the late 19th century (the First Boer War, I believe) when the English rounded up Boer civilians to cut=off Boer fighters from their support base. (It was a technique also used more recently during the Malaya Emergency).

    If you mean Nazi death camps, say ‘Nazi death camps‘ rather the more generic (and inaccurate) ‘concentration camps‘.

    [/pedant]

    Dingo

  • matty1

    @18 If memory serves the US used the same technique of ‘concentrating’ the civilians in a small controlled area to stop a revolt in the Phillipines about the same time.

  • Artor

    D.C. @ #6

    Ooh! Ooh! Mistah Kotter!!!