Gary Glenn: Prosecute Sex Ed Teachers if Students Get an STD

Gary Glenn, the head of the American Family Association’s Michigan chapter and now a member of the Michigan legislature, was interviewed for a documentary by Janet Porter and he said that if schools teach about homosexuality, the teachers should be prosecuted if one of them gets an STD.

Not to be outdone, Gary Glenn, who is a long-time anti-gay activist who also happens to be a Republican member of the Michigan House of Representatives, declares that public school officials ought to be held criminally liable if students are taught about homosexuality and then contract some sort of sexually transmitted disease.

“If some young person hears at school that it’s okay to be gay and then comes down with a fatal disease as a result,” Glenn said, “school officials should be held legally liable, individually and in their official capacities, financially and maybe even criminal.”

Why just homosexuality, Gary? Lesbians have the lowest rate of STDs of all sexual demographics, but you aren’t out there encouraging women to become lesbians, are you? Gosh, it’s almost as if you just hate and fear homosexuality and want to stamp it out and all this talk of diseases is just a pretextual argument not to be taken seriously or something.

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  • D. C. Sessions

    Well, he has a point. Nobody ever got syphylis or gonnorhea from heterosexual sex after all.

    That’s why teachers are prohibited from discussing condoms — the only thing they’re used for is the ghey.

  • felicis

    Oooh! I know, let’s also prosecute the abstinence-only teachers if *their* students get and std or have a child before finishing high school!

    No doubt, that would be ‘christian persecution’…

    Of course – I am against either position. Teachers should not (in general) be prosecuted for what their students do (or fail to do).

  • eric

    @2 – my thoughts exactly. Though the teachers are somewhat bound by administrative rules on what they can teach, so really it if we go this route (we shouldn’t), it should be the legislators who create and pass abstinence-only curriculum that should be punished (…made to pay child support?)

  • Moon Jaguar

    I’m going to prosecute my high school driver’s ed teacher. I’ve been given several speeding tickets after all.

    And my high school gym teacher because I can’t shoot a basketball worth a damn.

  • Chiroptera

    Well, I’ve always felt that a student who was a victim of “abstinence only sex ed” and then gets pregnant or acquires an STD should be able to sue the school district for malpractice.

  • Richard Smith

    Why stop at sex ed.? If a student suffers a physics-related accident at any time after attending physics class, their physics teacher should be prosecuted. Traffic accident? Prosecute their driver’s ed. teacher! Domestic accident? Prosecute their home ec. teacher! Do or say something morally reprehensible? Prosecute their Sunday School teacher!

    Or, do we prosecute the teacher of that teacher for their shortcoming? Or the teacher of that teacher? Everything is somebody else’s responsibility!

  • blf

    Prosecute preachers, priests, imams, druids, rabbis, the nutter wearing the sandwich board, a few random believers pulled from the street, and other such kooks if the great sky faeries fail to indisuptably show up sometime this calendar year.

  • Big Boppa

    Let’s not forget the theocratic home schoolers. Parents should be prosecuted for of the crimes of their spawn. The Duggar’s next reality teevee show can be called 19 years and counting.

  • John Pieret

    If some young person hears at school that it’s okay to be gay and then comes down with a fatal disease as a result

    What do you mean by “result”? Do you really think kids will only have sex if they are told it’s ok? The teenage pregnancy rate , particularly among those who receive “abstinence-only” sex education, disproves that.

    Besides, telling kids “It’s ok to be gay” is merely telling them that, just because they have those feelings, doesn’t mean they aren’t worthwhile people who deserve all the rights and respect as anyone else.

  • Mr Ed

    Why stop as STDs. When the cashier gives you the rong change sue the math teacher. When you miss spell wrong, sue the language arts teacher. Teachers in this country have had it too good too long I say they should become liable.

  • donkensler

    As if kids wouldn’t figure out they’re gay if they just never hear about it! IDK, i figured out i like guys after a few days in the junior high locker room in 7th grade.

  • llewelly

    Prosecute teachers for teaching anything other than cybersex.

  • carpenterman

    “A demagogue will say anything, if it strikes where he wants to hit.”

    Mary Renault

  • slavdude

    Here in Colorado, our Gooper legislature just passed a law allowing public schools to be sued if there is a mass shooting on their campus, so apparently they are now responsible for things external to their mission. Of course, there isn’t the money available for more security.

  • shadow

    @12: llewelly:

    Prosecute teachers for teaching anything other than cybersex.

    What if they get a computer virus?

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    And my high school gym teacher because I can’t shoot a basketball worth a damn.

    The problem might be that you need a bigger shotgun, Moon Jaguar. I recommend at least a 12 gauge.

  • thinkingman

    Who do we sue when a kid shoot up a church?

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