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Conway Springs teacher expected to resign for showing controversial film

first_imgTom LeahySumner Newscow report — The Conway Springs school district is currently under the center of a viral controversy over the possible removal of a teacher who has been asked to resign for showing an anti-bullying film depicting a fictional world in which heterosexual children are bullied by homosexual classmates.Tom Leahy, a social studies teacher at Conway Springs Middle School, is on leave and will likely not return to teaching because of showing “Love is All you Need” to three eight-grade history classes last month as a lesson in tolerance, according to a report in the Wichita Eagle. See full story here:Conway Springs Superintendent Clay Murphy confirmed Monday that Leahy was on leave but would not disclose the reason or say whether the teacher is being paid. Leahy, 56, has taught in Conway Springs since 1997. He planned to retire after this school year, he told the Eagle.The Conway Springs school board is set to meet Nov. 9 at which point it is expected to accept the teacher’s resignation.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (14) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +27 Vote up Vote down ImjustaCatholic · 249 weeks ago Why I can totally understand why parents are upset with this, they are angry over the wrong issues. In 1970 when bullying wasn’t as big of a deal as it is now, this movie would have raised some eyebrows. It is not 1970 anymore. Bullying is an issue regardless if we parents want to admit it. From the Wichita Eagles article it insinuates that they (the students) were segregating certain groups from their colonies. BULLYING! This teacher had an assignment for his students that his students turned into something it shouldn’t have become. This teacher tried to turn that all around and show those students what it is like to be the victim of such hate. I don’t think that Conway Springs parents should be ashamed for going to the school and being active in their children’s lives, they should be ashamed of their own children. ” At least one group wrote that homosexuals would not be allowed in its colony”. Your child bears so much hate that they would literally not allow a homosexual in their colony? Regardless what your beliefs are on gay relationships, do you condone bullying? Way to go Mr. Leahy! Way to go for trying to be proactive in this situation. I am sorry that parents acted like this. Report Reply 2 replies · active 249 weeks ago +22 Vote up Vote down littlebits · 249 weeks ago I totally agree with ImjustaCatholic. He was trying to promote acceptance and tolerance to his students. Would everyone be this upset if he had shown a film about straight people bullying gays? It’s sad, the he’s devoted his entire career to education and had it end like this. Report Reply 0 replies · active 249 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down no name · 249 weeks ago This is truly sad. First an educator is being thrown under the bus. My question since the students showed poor judgment on their assignments I am wondering if they are being asked to leave as well. I realize that is not going to happen and wouldn’t want it to but why do the same thing to this man. Easy to use the bible and church to further one’s agenda. Maybe the lady who won’t issue marriage licenses to gay couples could relocate to Conway. Seems she would fit right in. Really a sad statement for that town. Come on Clay your better than that. Report Reply 0 replies · active 249 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down retired teacher · 249 weeks ago Was administrators aware the film was to be shown. If so they are just as guilty as the teacher. Of what is the question, The world is very different from when parents were there and children need to see that bullying under any circumstance is wrong. Report Reply 0 replies · active 249 weeks ago +13 Vote up Vote down dave · 249 weeks ago it sounds like Mr Lealy is the one who is getting bullied!! Some people just want to live in their own little bubble where everything just comes up roses. its time to wake up and open your eyes bad things are happening everywhere these days and it will not get any better if you hide under your rock and pretend it doesn’t happen.Mr Lealy is clearly trying to teach tolerance which is sorely need these days maybe some parents should take that lesson Report Reply 0 replies · active 249 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down no one without sin · 249 weeks ago Question I have. IS or has he been a good t3eacher outside of this one issue? We all make mistakes and I would hate for the kids to lose a good teacher over a leason plan that went wrong. We all make mistakes. And Im sure if he is a good deacher it wouldnt happen again. Report Reply 0 replies · active 249 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Alex · 249 weeks ago I’m not saying what he did is right ,but to make him put in his resignation? I don’t think that is right either.Did they expel the the kids involved in the assignment,for doing something they should of known was wrong.Or was it ok?Apparently their parents thought it was.This teacher may have saved a life! Bullying in school is a very real and serious problem,and needs to be addressed when ever it happens. I think he was only trying to make an example for what he thought was right at the time. Now what? Take down the internet, turn off the tv and take the civil war out of history.This didn’t even need to get this far. A private meeting could have been held between the principal,concerned parents, and the teacher.They could have voiced their thoughts and concerns ect :He then could have apologized to the parents, administators and the class, telling them he’s sorry and should of presented it in a different way. Done deal! Report Reply 0 replies · active 249 weeks ago +18 Vote up Vote down Wes Smith · 249 weeks ago The overall message Mr. Leahy was trying to promote was acceptance and tolerance. This is a sad day for Conway Springs, as I watched the interviews this teacher did on the local news stations you could see that he was a person that cared about his students. I’d have been happy to have this teacher instruct either one of my kids. In my opinion here…the students of Conway Springs are the ones that lost in this debacle. Report Reply 0 replies · active 249 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down L Ledesma · 249 weeks ago The teacher told the students that although the Catholic church was used in the video it really could be any church/religion. I think after watching the video that the subject matter was heterosexual being bullied the same techniques that were used to bully the young girl because of her sexual orientation are the same tactics that are used to bully kids and adults in all other areas..Text messages, phone calls, name calling, making a person feel alone and or hated. Come on people see the overall message of the video and what the teacher was trying to do in the classroom. Yes the ending was graphic but unfortunately it happens in this country on a daily basis. Parents need to realize that bullying is not just a part of being a kid its a serious problem. All types of bullying can be connected to suicide and suicide attempts. Physically bullying, emotional bullying, cyberbullying . Be a part of a solution not part of the problem. Yes we may not agree with the content of that particular video but the message was about tolerance and respect regardless of what you think about a persons personal decisions. I would hope Mr. Leahy would not lose his job by being asked to submit his resignation but I also see that in the community of Conway Springs it would be very hard to stick it out. The parents who have complained/ Parents who support must be afraid to speak up. News crews said no one in Conway would go on camera. FEAR is what is driving this issue. Fear to speak how you feel…to me that is a type of bullying as well. People may not agree with my feelings on the situation but they could at least agree that I have a right to my opinion. I should not FEAR for myself or my children that I would state I support Mr. Leahy. Report Reply 0 replies · active 249 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Harold Gaines · 249 weeks ago After reading this article as well as the one in the Eagle, I fail to see what Mr. Leahy did wrong. In a larger school system, he would probably be getting awards for his effective and creative teaching techniques. Further, from the description of the film, it is a fantasy intended to make people think about themselves. I honestly don’t see what the controversy is about. What should have been spurred was a discussion within the community about its values, not a career-ending character assassination of a person trying to teach tolerance. It looks like entire community of Conway Springs could use a lesson on tolerance. Report Reply 1 reply · active 249 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. 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