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Tough Kid Gives His Gay Eighth Grade Teacher a Moment He'll Never Forget: VIDEO

Sometimes kids will surprise you, as they did an eighth grade teacher in Ontario. And it's why Macklemore's "Same Love" should be considered one of the greatest gay rights anthems of all time.

The teacher writes this on Reddit:

Context: I teach Grade 8 (13-14 years old) in Ontario, Canada. I am gay, and my students have known this for about a month or so. I am in my first year of teaching, and I teach the class that is considered the “tough” class – they don’t get along well with some of their other teachers, and they can be rowdy. Not so much for me, though.

SameloveIn particular, I have one group of boys that can be a bit of a pain in the neck. Never keep their hands to themselves, always talk out of turn, have gotten in fights, etc. There is one boy in this group (he will be known here as Harry) who is a little quieter than the others, but very popular. He’s a bit tough to get close to, and seems like the type to be resistant to new ideas and different people. He hangs out with another tough kid (let’s call him Mark), who is loud and boisterous and often rude.

Now that it’s so close to the end of the year, I do a “YouTube of the Day” with them every morning. Kids can send in a short YouTube video for me to show to the class, I preview it, and if it’s appropriate, I play it. So this morning, Harry comes up to me and says, “I have a video I want to play.”

Now, I preview things for a reason. There are enough horror stories out there of teachers accidentally showing their kids porn for me to be very careful what I show my class. So I tell him to send it to me because, y’know, them’s the rules. “I really want to show it,” he says back. “You’ll like it, I promise. It’s a music video.”

Given what Harry listens to, I’m wary. He listens to a lot of rap and hip-hop, and that’s fine, but I’ve heard some non-school-appropriate language come out of the music he listens to. So I ask him if it’s appropriate for school; he tells me yes. This kid is many things, but he has never lied to me. Not once. So… I take a deep breath and tell him okay. What the heck.

So he goes on over and pulls it on up, and on comes a song I have never heard before. The artist is rapping about growing up gay, about the struggles of being gay, and about standing up in the face of hatred and homophobia. “Same Love,” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. The video (linked) was beautiful.

2sameloveAnd there’s Harry, proudly watching along with the rest of the class as the artist stands up for those gay kids who struggle, and the video shows a difficult, lonely life culminating in a fabulous wedding. Harry. My “tough kid.”

The video finishes, the kids applaud, and I thank him, and he says to me, “I told you you’d like it.”

And then his loud, rude friend Mark says: “That was for you, Mr. K.”

The whole class applauded again – for me this time – and then I cried. I cried the proudest tears I have ever shed.

Harry and Mark… they might tick off every teacher they ever have, but today they gave this teacher a moment he’ll never forget.

tl;dr: Tough kid in my class showed a music video whose message is to stand up against homophobia, and the class cheered.

(via buzzfeed)

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  1. I hate to be a wet blanket, but it's a great story IF it's true. Just because some one said it on Reddit (poetry!) doesn't mean it's true. In fact it reads like creative fiction designed to become a viral hit.

    However, my skepticism about the factual basis of this account shouldn't be taken as criticism of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, who I like very much.

    Posted by: Caliban | Jun 19, 2013 5:13:40 PM


  2. To Sir, with love.

    Posted by: Bill | Jun 19, 2013 5:45:34 PM


  3. LOL @"To Sir, with love."

    I didn't even think about that, Bill. Maybe they ought to do a new version with a Gay student as the major protagonist. Who'd be the teacher- who'd play Sidney Poitier's part? WHY, JAMES FRANCO, of course.

    Now, I'm crying again....singing Lulu's famous hit song.

    "To, siii'ir, with love...bum...bum...bum, bum, bum,"

    Child, we are old.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jun 19, 2013 5:57:22 PM


  4. Beautifully done.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Jun 19, 2013 7:02:46 PM


  5. Kevin, you are a sick puppy.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Jun 19, 2013 7:03:19 PM


  6. mateo is one sick a

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Jun 19, 2013 7:04:36 PM


  7. Awesome story.

    Posted by: chuy | Jun 19, 2013 8:18:51 PM


  8. I guess the person who keeps posting under my username is still at it. Whoever posted as me on the first page is a pig.

    Posted by: MateoM | Jun 19, 2013 8:49:48 PM


  9. Now, this make me sad...

    http://youtu.be/WwTSPcNSi40

    Posted by: Moose | Jun 19, 2013 10:38:29 PM


  10. That's an awesome story! Especially awesome that this came from the student side, you know.

    Let's take this song to No. 1. So hope Macklemore & Ryan Lewis get asked to perform at the VMAs this summer or at next year's Grammys and include a little bit of this.

    Posted by: Martin Haro | Jun 19, 2013 10:50:53 PM


  11. MateoM - thanks for making that clear, the bad poster really is ruining your reputation...when you're not.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jun 20, 2013 12:32:43 AM


  12. ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL LGBT STORIES!

    And this song is an anthem for ALL humanity!

    Write, facebook and tweet all your local radio stations to play it as it's finally getting some good air time and is an amazing song

    Posted by: Two Dads | Jun 20, 2013 12:33:19 AM


  13. The bad poster is UFFDA.

    UFFDA is the biggest troll on this site and a full blown hateful homophobe. He also posts as ratbastard, and rick.

    Posted by: Alejandro | Jun 20, 2013 12:39:28 AM


  14. Well of course everything on the internet can be fiction, or not. But there's no necessity for a young gay teacher to be familiar with hip hop.

    Thanks for bringing this video to our attention and from commenters more info, including the Murs video. Here's Murs on a really annoying radio show talking about the song and video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwTSPcNSi40&feature=youtu.be

    And what's up with this totally excellent blog and trolls anyway? And thanks, Alejandro and the real MateoM.

    Maybe a voting system like some sites use that would delete comments after a certain down vote would help. And a way to reply directly to comments like some other sites have would be nice also.

    Posted by: emjayay | Jun 20, 2013 1:49:09 AM



  15. Why it makes being a Canadian so great that after 10 years of legal/acceptable/NORMAL/ordinary.... Gay marriage to our newer generations here in my country regard it as NON ISSUE!

    Thank you for posting this about us!

    Posted by: Darrell | Jun 20, 2013 2:49:41 AM


  16. must be teacher of the year :)

    Posted by: t | Jun 20, 2013 6:08:26 AM


  17. Great story. LOVE THIS SONG! I'm not crying...LOL!

    Posted by: Gigi | Jun 20, 2013 8:23:48 AM


  18. Beautiful story.

    Posted by: Douglas | Jun 20, 2013 10:03:30 AM


  19. I wouldn't call Dessa rap...

    Posted by: Fenrox | Jun 20, 2013 11:14:43 AM


  20. No pollen allergies today. These tears are the real deal, moved to the core of my soul by this beautiful video and the lead-in story to it. The world changes, attitudes change, slowly, but they change. Today, I feel hopeful.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jun 20, 2013 12:42:12 PM


  21. g

    Posted by: Staright | Jun 20, 2013 2:38:13 PM


  22. g

    Posted by: Staright | Jun 20, 2013 2:38:13 PM


  23. "Little Kiwi," WHY DO Y-O-U ASSUME THIS TEACHER IS OBLIGATED TO KNOW ABOUT gay anthems?

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTONSTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jun 20, 2013 11:34:52 PM


  24. "kevin" [19 JUNE; 4:26:35 PM],

    YOUR COMMENTARY IMPLIES American Towleroaders KNOW ABOUT HOMOSEXUAL LIFE IN ONTARIO, CANADA. IF MOST OF THESE young Towleroaders LIKE THIS STORY, WHY ARE YOU BEING DIVISIVE ON SUCH AN INSIGNIFICANT ISSUE?

    NOW, YES, I AGREE - A TEACHER SHOULD NOT CRY IN THE PRESENCE OF STUDENTS; BUT, OBVIOUSLY, HE HAS NO FEAR OF GETTING FIRED. SO, WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTONSTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jun 20, 2013 11:43:55 PM


  25. I JUST WATCHED THIS "Same Love" music video. Andy Towle IS FROM MONTANA AND MANY OF YOU Towleroaders MUST BE FROM THE NORTH IF THIS SONG RECEIVES AIR-PLAY. DO ANY SOUTHERNERS READ Towleroad? THIS SONG WOULD NOT GET AIR-PLAY DOWN HERE. REGULAR AIR-PLAY MEANS ALL PEOPLE HAVE HEARD IT - INCLUDING, HETEROSEXUALS.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTONSTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jun 21, 2013 12:03:36 AM


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