West Virginia Newspaper Publishes KKK Type Letter After Lesbian Teacher Fired From School: VIDEO

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  1. I regret to say that this doesn’t bother me too much. Oh, the content definitely does but not the fact that it was published. It was not the intent of the newspaper, but I do think it does stir conversation and emotions. The good people of W.V. must be very embarrassed and the rest of the population just won’t get it. But this ugliness might nudge some of the fence sitters to the right side. Sometimes progress can be very slow. Bigoted people can change but it does take time. Seeing this in print might speed the progress for the fence sitters.

    I am not impressed with the newspaper editor.

    As far as the fired teacher is concerned, it is tragic. The school board should be ashamed.

  2. Tim says:

    If someone had tried to ‘force’ me to write such a letter, I would have refused. I guess that’s probably just me, though… When I was in school, having met my local MP, I REFUSED point-blank to write a letter thanking him for meeting our class that included the word ‘honorable’. He was sleazy and false, and I said I would not. When the teacher said we all had to, on a form letter, I crossed off the ‘honorable’. I imagine she didn’t send it…

  3. Tim says:

    But yes, her being fired is despicable.

  4. Jay says:

    The letter is meant sarcastically. Attention needs to be paid not to the letter but to the firing of the teacher.

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