The Associated Press is reporting on the principal of a South Carolina high school who plans to resign because his school district supports the formation of an outreach group for gay students and their friends.
“Irmo High School principal Eddie Walker confirmed Wednesday he is stepping down at the end of the 2008-09 school year. Walker said he gave his reasons in a letter sent to teachers and others and he refused to talk about the issue further. In a copy of the letter obtained by WIS-TV in Columbia, Walker said allowing the Gay-Straight Alliance club on campus would conflict with his professional beliefs and religious convictions because there are no other clubs on campus based on sexual preference or activity and the school teaches abstinence-based sex education.”
Walker wrote: “I feel the formation of a Gay-Straight Alliance club at Irmo High school implies that students joining the club will have chosen to or will choose to engage in sexual activity with members of the same sex, opposite sex, or members of both sexes.”
According to the AP, Lexington-Richland School District 5 couldn’t stop the club from forming because federal law prohibits discriminating against a club based on its purpose. The district would have had to ban all clubs from campus or face a lawsuit it would likely lose if it kept the club from the school.
Faith in America said Walker’s decision is based on prejudice that is harmful to students and likened his decision to policies that once allowed segregation to flourish.