Michigan Sucks Too

16 11 2010

A mild classroom discussion became politically heated at an Ann Arbor, Michigan high school late last month, and the incident resulted in teacher Jay McDowell being suspended without pay.

Local teen Graeme Taylor, 14, spoke out to the Howell High, a school he does not attend, board meeting.  Taylor recalled bullying for his homosexuality that began years ago- even bringing him to attempt suicide at age 9.

Taylor said, “He did an amazing thing, he did something that’s inspired alot of people and whenever, ever, I have a teacher stand up for me like that- they change in my eyes.”

Watch his thoughtfully written, beautifully spoken speech below:

—The fact that this incident took place on the heels of almost a dozen nationally discussed teen suicides, and the Howell district couldn’t mediate the situation in-house but instead deprioritized an educator and authority for these students is appalling.

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