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Nine Seventh-Graders Suspended Over Porny English Class 'Gay Test'

On Thursday, media outlets around San Diego reported a weird controversy involving a teacher, some porn, and a bunch of masturbating 7th graders. Deal was: One day last April, in an all-male English class at Bell Middle School in Paradise Hills, nine students began semi-surreptitiously streaming porn on their cell phones and masturbating beneath their desks. Other students say they complained to the attendant teacher, a Mr. Ed Johnson (pictured below), and Mr. Ed Johnson did nothing. He remained at his desk, reading a book. The students' complaints eventually made it to the school administration, and the masturbateurs were suspended. Curiously, Ed Johnson was not disciplined for allowing his class to devolve into Johnson Ed. Some school administrators, it seems, wished to discipline him, but the teacher's union was adamantly against it. They didn't wish to see a teacher disciplined based on hearsay -- even when the hearsay came in the form of 22 written statements from students who claimed to witness the incident.

But there was more to the story. Yesterday, the U-T San Diego reported that the porn-streaming was part of a kind of gayness-test designed by the students:

Johnson_t220Multiple students reported being asked if they had passed the “gay test” in watching particular videos on their cell phones.

... The Watchdog reviewed written testimonials from 22 students. Their accounts said students in the all-boys English class wore gym shorts and watched certain videos in class. Whoever became aroused was labeled gay. Children masturbated openly in class, according to the statements, and peers complained of inaction by the teacher.

Although no action has yet been taken against Mr. Ed Johnson, the teacher's union is swiftly moving to ensure none is. From the U-T San Diego's initial report:

“Some of us are collecting signatures of support for Ed Johnson,” Bill Daniel, special education teacher and school site union representative, wrote in an email to colleagues on Friday. “We only want to support him as a friend and colleague. We are making no judgments. Our petition only states that there appears to be rush to judgment based on questionable statements made by very young children.

Vice Principal Kathleen Gallagher replied by email, “The statements submitted by students should not be discounted based on their age. The process of collecting statements and interviewing students was conducted consistent with district procedures, each one independently of every other one. Because nine of our students were suspended as a result of this incident, it is difficult for me to swallow the statement about not making judgments. Students were held accountable for their part of this problem.”

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  1. Boys Will Be Boys!

    Posted by: Rob London | Jun 16, 2012 9:45:36 PM


  2. Another BLACK man who is homophobic and militant. The black man is the cause of homophobia in this nation, and don't ever forget it

    Posted by: Adam J | Jun 16, 2012 10:14:03 PM


  3. Also in 7th grade (and also all boys), I sat in the back of the classroom beside a slightly older kid who would jerk-off under his desk, unseen by anyone but me, every time the young pretty female teacher in our Spanish class would instruct us to read the assigned book in silence before we all had to discuss it. He always slid his chair nearer to me and would plead, squeeze it, please! until finally, I DID.

    Posted by: inveterate lurker | Jun 16, 2012 10:19:37 PM


  4. Black people have a chip on their shoulder and feel entitled and yet they are consistently caught doing harmful things. In the element of homophobia, I agree that the biggest issue is the black community. They are insensitive, and ignorant.

    Posted by: Honest2Truth | Jun 16, 2012 10:21:05 PM


  5. I feel sorry for any kid who has a black man as an educator. I can assure you it will be a living hell for him.

    Posted by: CJ | Jun 16, 2012 10:26:41 PM


  6. That sounds pretty gay to me, but then again I was on an all gay soccer team in high school, so someething like that wasnt uncommon lol

    Posted by: gaymer | Jun 16, 2012 10:40:15 PM


  7. That sounds pretty gay to me, but then again I was on an all gay soccer team in high school, so someething like that wasnt uncommon lol

    Posted by: gaymer | Jun 16, 2012 10:41:23 PM


  8. The teacher should be fired and the students disciplined. The students probably were immitating a bit done on Tosh.O Where daniel made his male staffers watch gay porn to see if any of them got aroused.

    Posted by: andrew | Jun 17, 2012 12:05:30 AM


  9. Why is this news fit for this blog? The term "gay" as used by today's 7th graders means "lame" or "uncool". When you assume they were looking at a particular type of porn you are as Perry Mason (well I'm an OLD lady!) might have said, assuming facts not in evidence. The knee-jerk defense of brother Johnson is touching but with the Sandusky trial under way we shouldn't discount the testimony of 12 and 13 year olds, even if boys that age are tiresome and undisciplined.

    Posted by: Dowager Countess | Jun 17, 2012 12:05:58 AM


  10. I feel like every story involving a straight black men ends in trouble. Honestly. There's a hint of truth behind every stereotype

    Posted by: AlfonzoStLouis | Jun 17, 2012 12:28:03 AM


  11. First of all, it's be nice if folks dropped the racism when discussing this situation and this guy. His being black has nothing to do with the rest of the story, end of subject. (He wasn't unleashing a homophobic rant or stream of anti-gay vitriol, so why bring up the black/gay homophobia argument here?)

    Second, I've worked as a middle school teacher, and I just finished 3 months teaching 7th graders (both genders). You have to CONSTANTLY be on the move and checking on them, so the fact that he was reading for an extended period of time (why? What were the kids supposed to be doing?) is indeed peculiar, and the teacher's union isn't doing him any favors by stonewalling.

    Now, admittedly: I just finished 2 units with, respectively, one class writing 6-page screenplays for short films, and the other classes doing independent reading projects (glorified book reports) for the last 2 weeks of school, and the kids were self-managing during a lot of this time. While they were being creative, the first bunch of kids were allowed to use their phones (a definite school rule exception) to look at short films online to see how a screenplay for a 5-minute short might work. The second bunch were allowed to listen to music while they were drawing/coloring/cutting/gluing, and more than once they were using YouTube as a music source. Were there a few times where I had 5-10 minutes to be at my desk doing attendance, responding to e-mail, printing things out for kids, etc., and I wasn't walking around looking at every single thing going on? Yep. Did I immediately follow such brief respites with a cruise-around (AND check-in slips for the kids along the way), so I could always be sure that the kids were ostensibly working on something productive and not doing something completely inappropriate, dangerous, etc? Yes indeedy.

    Now, obviously what these kids cooked up went WAY beyond "normal" school behavior, and they should all be disciplined accordingly. However, if the teacher was that seriously checked out that he didn't notice a bunch of kids in shorts breathing heavily or giggling (there's always SOMETHING as a tip-off) for an extended period of time (more than 10 minutes?), yeah, the principal should definitely at least ask him "what were the kids supposed to be working on, and for how long, during this class period?"

    It may not be the teacher's fault that he was there when a bunch of randy 13-year-old boys with the self-control of gerbils decided to initiate this little trick, but he does get at least a little share of the blame for letting it go on and get as out of control as it seemed to. As someone who's been in a classroom with 30 middle schoolers slowly going to the Zoo on me, them's my thoughts.

    Posted by: Dback | Jun 17, 2012 2:02:26 AM


  12. CJ are you just a bomb thrower who wants attention? Or are you a racist?

    Posted by: andrew | Jun 17, 2012 2:42:36 AM


  13. Now that's what I call school rhythm,class action!However,there is something not right with Mr.Johnson. It is time to ban cell phones in public and private schools.

    Posted by: Jerry Pritikin aka The Bleacher Preacher | Jun 17, 2012 5:07:14 AM


  14. Excuse me? We're taking anything the San Diego U-T says seriously? Since when did this obviously and overtly Tea Party rag become quote-worthy? This cat-box liner has been losing readership dramatically, there are college papers in the area with more readership, and has turned to tabloid schlock to salvage what it can... and we're quoting it?!?
    Journalism is, indeed, dead.

    Posted by: Mommie Dammit | Jun 17, 2012 10:13:01 AM


  15. It sounds like it might have been a study hall class. The kind where the teacher sits up front and is there to insure that everyone stays quiet. Nothing more. Chances are if he had said something to the students he would have been accused of starting something or inappropriate comments or accusations or whatever. He would be in trouble either way. How would anyone react or respond to a situation like this?

    Posted by: Doug | Jun 17, 2012 11:27:06 PM


  16. They should not be allowed to have children watch porn in school! They should be teaching students Science, Math, English etc. They should be so busy learning that there would be no time for garbage classes like this in school. No wonder that California is going downhill.

    Posted by: Diana | Jun 19, 2012 9:39:41 AM


  17. I dunno... doesn’t it seem more likely that the other students are targeting unpopular or the kids they most likely suspect are gay with these allegations…

    (there's more witnesses than people in the class, aren't there?)

    because seriously, does anyone really believe they would be that concerned with cp laws that they wouldn’t take out their own cell phones to take pictures or videos for evidence, proof of their accusations or even just to get the general fifteen minutes of fame whether exposing it the hysteria driven public or the far more likely circulating that kind of crap for further harassment of these kids throughout the entire school?

    and secondly, if the test was to prove they weren’t gay — and there’s all this negative pressure surrounding it to prove that they’re straight — as the only real non changing element of the story is that it was all gay porn — are they seriously going to be beating their meat in front of the students that are waiting to harass (or bash) them because of it?

    Really, more than one kid in one class, and not at a harvey milk school, unless they were all involved in a circle jerk, don’t you find that part the most difficult to believe in all this?

    And with some of the rumors suggesting this has happened more than once — if anybody dropped any pencils, papers or books on the floor they must have had a hell of a time trying to fight the stickiness of it all or getting out from the seats/desks those students were in when they changed periods.

    Doesn’t this all sound like some conservative religious nutbag plot since it’s *exactly* what those homophobic groups fear about recognizing and supporting gay youth in public schools?

    Also ever seen the “Married With Children” episode of “Bud Hits The Books” (it’s on youtube, the second part of it is more poignant - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGER07xoVmM ) about when Bud Bundy gets caught jacking off in the school library to some magazines like national geographic like magazines… it really does fit in with this situation and makes a defense for possible entrapment... if these allegations prove true.

    But, for me, considering all this as a even a remote possibility is like believing the plots of porns are true.

    Posted by: feeling doubtful | Jun 20, 2012 9:08:31 PM


  18. I dunno... doesn’t it seem more likely that the other students are targeting unpopular or the kids they most likely suspect are gay with these allegations…

    (there's more witnesses than people in the class, aren't there?)

    because seriously, does anyone really believe they would be that concerned with cp laws that they wouldn’t take out their own cell phones to take pictures or videos for evidence, proof of their accusations or even just to get the general fifteen minutes of fame whether exposing it the hysteria driven public or the far more likely circulating that kind of crap for further harassment of these kids throughout the entire school?

    and secondly, if the test was to prove they weren’t gay — and there’s all this negative pressure surrounding it to prove that they’re straight — as the only real non changing element of the story is that it was all gay porn — are they seriously going to be beating their meat in front of the students that are waiting to harass (or bash) them because of it?

    Really, more than one kid in one class, and not at a harvey milk school, unless they were all involved in a circle jerk, don’t you find that part the most difficult to believe in all this?

    And with some of the rumors suggesting this has happened more than once — if anybody dropped any pencils, papers or books on the floor they must have had a hell of a time trying to fight the stickiness of it all or getting out from the seats/desks those students were in when they changed periods.

    Doesn’t this all sound like some conservative religious nutbag plot since it’s *exactly* what those homophobic groups fear about recognizing and supporting gay youth in public schools?

    Also ever seen the “Married With Children” episode of “Bud Hits The Books” (it’s on youtube, the second part of it is more poignant - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGER07xoVmM ) about when Bud Bundy gets caught jacking off in the school library to some magazines like national geographic like magazines… it really does fit in with this situation and makes a defense for possible entrapment... if these allegations prove true.

    But, for me, considering all this as a even a remote possibility is like believing the plots of porns are true.

    Posted by: feeling doubtful | Jun 20, 2012 9:08:33 PM


  19. ugh... apologies on that double post.

    On the race issue..

    since the televised news report makes it seem as if it's a diverse school

    let's be real here.. race might matter -- if only in further promoting the unlikelihood that these events took place... given the more severe reaction in some minority communities.

    Likewise we could look at the teacher and question if he looked the other way based on race whether the kids were students of color or white..

    we could also consider it's just a short step away from suggesting the teacher was also masturbating at his desk.

    And we could consider that all these descriptions of the event are embracing one too many negative stereotypes that one is unlikely to see outside of a satire film or the onion.

    Obviously the guilty party are only the gay kids that couldn't control themselves -- unable to keep it in the closet or their pants and of course, the various other spins that could be made on other social and cultural aspects like race and perhaps even gender (an all boys class - again, with queers in the room, the str8 boys aren't safe)... that are still, unfortunately, negatively impacting our society.

    he should be glad he's just a "random black girl" ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_ppFqFLTZc ) rather than being a lighter shade of brown muslim.

    Posted by: feeling doubtful | Jun 20, 2012 9:30:04 PM


  20. ugh... apologies on that double post.

    On the race issue..

    since the televised news report makes it seem as if it's a diverse school

    let's be real here.. race might matter -- if only in further promoting the unlikelihood that these events took place... given the more severe reaction in some minority communities.

    Likewise we could look at the teacher and question if he looked the other way based on race whether the kids were students of color or white..

    we could also consider it's just a short step away from suggesting the teacher was also masturbating at his desk.

    And we could consider that all these descriptions of the event are embracing one too many negative stereotypes that one is unlikely to see outside of a satire film or the onion.

    Obviously the guilty party are only the gay kids that couldn't control themselves -- unable to keep it in the closet or their pants and of course, the various other spins that could be made on other social and cultural aspects like race and perhaps even gender (an all boys class - again, with queers in the room, the str8 boys aren't safe)... that are still, unfortunately, negatively impacting our society.

    he should be glad he's just a "random black girl" ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_ppFqFLTZc ) rather than being a lighter shade of brown muslim.

    Posted by: feeling doubtful | Jun 20, 2012 9:30:05 PM


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