Indiana teacher, students want to ban gays from prom
Sullivan High School special education teacher Diana Medley is part of a group seeking to ban gays from the schools prom. (Photo: WTHR)
SULLIVAN, Ind. — With the support of a special education teacher, a group of students in the small town of Sullivan, Ind. is trying to ban students from their high school prom.
The biggest road block in their pursuit thus far has been the fact that they cannot do so legally. But according to WTHR, that didn’t stop the group from trying to rally support for their cause at a local church over the weekend.
“We want to make the community see that we believe what the bible says, that homosexuality is wrong,” Bonnie McCammon told the T.V. station. “We love the homosexuals, but we don’t think it’s right nor should their lifestyle be accepted.”
McCammon insists there are other students at their school who feel the same way, but are afraid to come forward. If the school is able to establish a separate “traditional prom,” the group feels their cause will gain support.
“If we can get a good prom then we can convince more people to come and follow what they believe,” student Kynon Johnson told the T.V. station.
None of the students were as outspoken as Diana Medley, a special education teacher at Sullivan High School.
Medley started out by echoing her students’ words, saying she loves homosexuals and that she believes “God puts everyone in our lives for a reason.” But after a followup question from a reporter, Medley appeared to take a more hard-line approach.
When asked if she thought gays have a purpose in life, Medley said, “No, I honestly don’t.”
“Sorry, but I don’t,” Medley said. “I don’t understand it. A gay person isn’t going to come up and make some change unless it’s to realize that (being gay) was a choice and they’re choosing God.”
While at least one local pastors has voiced support for the separate prom movement, many local Christians feel differently.
“We shouldn’t be condemning people. That’s what judgement is, and that’s reserved for God,” Jim Davis said. “Christ came to save the people, not to condemn them. We should be doing the same.”