A teacher in Texas who last week sparked an in-school suspension for a student after the pupil simply told a classmate he believes homosexuality is wrong because of his Christian faith now has been placed on leave.
Ary was given an in-school suspension for telling another student that he believes homosexuality is wrong because of his Christian faith.
His teacher, Kristopher Franks, wrote a complaint about him, triggering the suspension.
But Liberty Counsel today said following their meeting with school officials, Franks, who is responsible for the suspension, “has now been placed on administrative leave with pay.”
Liberty Counsel is demanding full vindication and a full retraction of the suspension.
The controversy developed while Ary was in Franks’ German language class and the topic of homosexuality arose.
Dakota said to one of his classmates, “I’m a Christian and, to me, being homosexual is wrong.”
Liberty Counsel reported Franks overheard the comment, wrote Dakota an infraction and sent him to the principal’s office. The class topic had been religious beliefs in Germany, and during the discussion, one student asked what Germans thought about homosexuality in relation to religion. Another student then asked to hear some translated terms such as “lesbian.” The questions provoked the conversation about Christianity and Dakota’s expression of his opinion to one classmate, the legal team reported.
Liberty Counsel said the discipline referral form claimed the comment was out of context, even though the lesson for the day was on religious beliefs.
Franks alleged the situation possibly was “bullying,” and noted, “It is wrong to make such a statement in public school.”
That’s even though, according to Liberty Counsel, just two weeks earlier Franks displayed a picture of two men kissing on a “World Wall” and told his students that homosexuality is becoming more prevalent in the world and that they should just accept it.
“Many of the students were offended by Franks’ actions and his continually bringing up the topic of homosexuality in a German language class,” the Liberty Counsel report said.
The law team sent a demand letter to the school and then met with officials, with the administration leave for Franks the result.
“We are pleased with the school’s response thus far,” said Mathew D. Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel. “The teacher clearly crossed the line and should apologize publicly to Dakota.
“It is intolerable for the teacher to ridicule the religious beliefs of students in front of class. This teacher should not force his views about homosexuality upon students. Teachers cannot use their position to bully students and humiliate them in front of their peers.”