Teacher Films Trans Student Dancing at Prom to Play and Ridicule in Class
For some reason, THIS happened:
“It really hurt me to know that someone, I actually really trusted her, to know that she would do this,” said senior Jared Swank.
“I went to prom. One of the teachers took a video and put it on the whiteboard here at school and other students saw it and made comments,” added Swank.
Jared’ s mom said he has been bullied since eighth grade and this alleged incident was just another example.
“It hurt him, it hurt him. He was embarrassed, he was chastised. As a matter of fact, we just came from the gas station to get a drink before we got here and some of Hanover Area students yelled out the window, ‘(expletive).’ So that’s what it’s done. It’s antagonized more bullying,” said mother Dawn Mendygral.
Making matter worse, the teacher in question asked Jared for permission to film him and his date dancing in order to teach her daughter about diversity. Instead, she played and ridiculed the video in front of students.
If you were gunning for the title of Worst Teacher of the Year, then great news: You’ve won! You know you’re doing your job the right way when your students are assured enough in their anti-gay bullying to call a peer a faggot in front of his mother.
School administrators are predictably all, “Yeahbuhwha? We’re super tolerant, we swear” about the whole thing. “We think we have a very inclusive and diverse environment here and when anybody makes a claim of this type, we have to investigate it. So there’s always concern from the board, from the faculty, and especially, the administration to get to the bottom of it,” said school board president John Pericci.