Dakota Ary, a Texas high school student and his mother took to air last week claiming that little Dakota was prosecuted because he was suspended from school for telling his German class, “I’m a Christian and, to me, being homosexual is wrong.” and claimed that his German teacher Kristopher Franks has been pushing a “homosexual agenda” in his class.
Well it turns out that Dakota’s last name should really be Aryan because he and his pals have a history of making homophobic remarks and being troublemakers.
Marvin Vann, head of a local anti-bullying group called LGBTQ S.A.V.E.S., spoke with Ary’s teacher, Kristopher Franks and other students in the class, to get their side of the story. According to Franks and other students, Ary and his pals have a long history of homophobic remarks and actions. Vann’s take, via the Dallas Voice:
These students subsequently took every opportunity to denounce homosexuality in class, frequently without context; that is, with the topic having otherwise been broached.
On the particular day in which this incident occurred, Mr. Franks was opening class when the topic of Christianity in Germany was broached by one student, who asked what churches were there, another whether they read the Bible in English, etc. Franks asserts that the topic of homosexuality was not broached in any way, and that Ary‘s assertions to the contrary are entirely false. At this point, Ary declared, with a class audience, “Gays can’t be Christians; homosexuality is wrong,” looking directly at Mr. Franks.
Franks says he understands and affirms students’ right to free speech, and that he is perfectly prepared to lead a respectful discussion on topics such as gay rights that allows for the assertion of opinions with which he disagrees. He has led such discussion in the past in his sociology classes. But in this case, hr feels the context makes it clear that this remark was made ad hominem, aimed specifically at him to devalue him and any information he might share on the topic of religion, on the basis of his perceived sexual orientation.
As soon as Ayran and his mother went public with their false story The Liberty Counsel intervened and convinced the school to lessen Dakota’s 3 day suspension to 1 day and has made him a conservative free speech poster boy.
Smells more like Nazi Youth Spirit to me.