West Virginia high school teacher suspended over poorly-spelled anti-LGBT Facebook rant

By David Ferguson
Friday, March 21, 2014 13:39 EDT
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Teacher David Foggin via Facebook
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A high school science teacher in Parkersburg, WV got suspended for four days after he published a badly-spelled rant against the school’s gay-straight alliance on Facebook.

According to Queerty.com, David Foggin compared acceptance of LGBT people to drinking alcohol, smoking tobacco and poaching deer.

Alongside a flier announcing a meeting of the Parkersburg South High School Gay-Straight Alliance, Foggin wrote, “Club meeting at PSHS!! Rally around them and show ur support. We are also considering a drunks-t totaller [sic] club, drugged/sober club, smokeless tobacco vs smokes club, street racing, and deer poaching clubs. Please donate and support us. Thank u!!! I think I hear the drag already zinging.”

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reported on Wednesday that Foggin would be suspended for the rest of this week, returning to class on Monday, March 31, after the school district’s spring break.

Wood County Schools Superintendent Pat Law told the News and Sentinel that the school board will review the matter after spring break to decide whether to pay Foggin for the days he was not in the classroom.

Foggin declined to speak to reporters, but announced on Facebook that he intends to run for sheriff in 2020. He also wrote, “I love everyone and I promote fairness and equality. I have difficulty with favoritism and bias given any person or group.”

He went on to talk about using the Second Amendment as a means of preserving his First Amendment right to free speech.

“Love you all,” he wrote. “Get a concealed carry permit while u still can. Protect urself and ur[sic] family. Thank God for every breath he give u!![sic]”

[image of David Foggin via Facebook.com]

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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