A middle school teacher was suspended for three days for showing students the rap video “Same Love,” Macklemore’s song promoting equal rights for gays.
“The issue in this matter was one of whether the video was curriculum-based, educationally-related, and age-appropriate for a class of prepubescent 13-year-olds,” Alexander County school board attorney Joel Harbinson told CNN on Thursday.
The seven-minute video includes a kiss between two men at a wedding altar and ends with an elderly gay couple holding hands in a hospital room.
“The right-wing conservatives think that it’s a decision and you can be cured with some treatment and religion, man-made rewiring of a predisposition,” Macklemore raps.
The school board lawyer would not identify the teacher, describe the class subject or give details about the disciplinary action taken.
“The administration and the teacher reached an understanding based solely on these factors that was mutually agreeable to all parties,” Harbinson said. “We look forward to the teacher being a valuable member of our school system for years to come as we continue our commitment to provide the best possible education to all of our students as well as to treat each of them with compassion and understanding.”
The incident occurred last week and the teacher is back on the job at West Alexander Middle School, Harbinson told CNN.
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