The road paved with good intentions usually turns rocky when the “tolerant” don’t tolerate dissent. Enforced tolerance never quite works out as planned.
What was supposed to be “International Day of Tolerance” turned into a couple days of bullying and intolerance at Northfield JR/SR High School in Wabash County. The Metropolitan School District of Wabash County held a school board meeting Tuesday night to address the issue.
It’s a case of “who’s not tolerating who?” There are several sides to the issue, and all sides said their stance was not tolerated. Last Tuesday, Northfield’s Diversity Club members said they wanted to symbolize and promote unity and diversity by having students wear multi-colored shirts for “International Day of Tolerance.
However, Diversity Club members said the day was perceived to celebrate homosexuality because of the rainbow-colored shirts, and because Diversity Club was founded by an openly-gay student.
The following days, many students wore black and red shirts to celebrate heterosexuality. As a result, bullying ensued from both sides, as well as from some teachers, according to parents.
Laura Cole, parent spokesperson, stood up in the meeting and said students and parents reported that a teacher compared students who were wearing red shirts to terrorists, and other teachers called students “bigots” and “homophobic idiots” via email.
Cole said the parents feel the school showed “incivility” and lacked leadership. They said school officials failed to communicate with parents, and they received no notification or explanation about the “International Day of Tolerance.”
“Maybe it would be something I would like to look up and see what’s its origins are, what it stands for, and just find out what kind of way our school is going to celebrate that day,” Cole said.
Diversity Club members said the intent was to promote overall diversity, not just homosexuality.
Except for diversity of thought an opinion. Can’t have any of that.