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.”
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.