A school district in North Carolina was recently disciplined for playing a music video in class in support of equal marriage rights for LGBT people.
The Taylorsville Timesreported on Monday that it contacted Alexander County Schools after receiving a tip that about the incident.
“At West Alexander Middle School, there was an inappropriate video shown in class, outside the bounds of the curriculum, that called for disciplinary action last week. That teacher will be back in school this week,” Associate Superintendent Dr. Jeff Peal confirmed.
Peal declined to give the name of the teacher or the type of disciplinary action, but he did identify the music video as “Same Love” by Seattle-based hip-hop artist Macklemore, who wrote the song about his own experience growing up with two gay uncles.
“When I was in the third grade I thought that I was gay / ‘Cause I could draw, and my uncle was, and I kept my room straight,” the song explains. “The right wing conservatives think it’s a decision / And you can be cured with some treatment and religion.”
Last year, Michigan teacher Susan Johnson was suspended after she allowed the same song to be played in her middle school class. Johnson was later reinstated and the superintendent apologized after the the American Civil Liberties Union, students and the community got involved.
North Carolinians voted in 2011 for an amendment to the state’s constitution that bans same sex marriages.
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