Jay McDowell – a high school teacher in Michigan – was suspended without pay after he removed two students from his class for making anti-gay comments. Dozens of people packed a school board meeting in Howell, to express their support for McDowell, and they included 14-year-old Graeme Taylor.
Several people from various teachers’ unions, GLBT groups and areas such as Ann Arbor, Lansing and Saline spoke on behalf of McDowell, urging the board to rescind the disciplinary action the district handed out.
Board President Debi Drick said no board action can be taken regarding discipline handed out by district administrators to McDowell. She said the issue is strictly related to administrative issues and that the board doesn’t decide personnel matters short of termination.