Sophomore Megan Chase wrote an opinion piece for her school newspaper at Woodlan Junior-Senior High School in Woodburn, Indiana, calling for tolerance of gays and lesbians. It read, in part:
“I can only imagine how hard it would be to come out as homosexual in today’s society. I think it is so wrong to look down on those people, or to make fun of them, just because they have a different sexuality than you. There is nothing wrong with them or their brain; they’re just different than you.”
The editorial really set off the school’s principal Edwin Yoder, who not only sent a letter to the newspaper staff, he sent a letter to the journalism teacher at the school warning her of ‘insubordination’ for exposing children to ‘inappropriate’ materials and threatened to fire her. He also demanded that he be able to sign off on every issue of the newspaper.
Woodlan Editorial on Gays Ignites Firestorm [journal gazette]