Saturday, October 31, 2009


"Teacher Dan DeLong (pictured above) is beloved by many of his students, as an educator who pushes the envelope for his students.

But he's not pushing anything right now. Students and parents say he's been suspended from his job at the Southwestern School District High School in Piasa, located north of Alton. At issue: DeLong offered his students optional work by going to a website and reading a scientific report about homosexuality in animals.

The word of his suspension comes from Facebook, the online networking site. His supporters at the school have created a webpage in support of DeLong and more than 400 people have signed on to show support, or at least read details of the dispute.

DeLong teaches honors English to 10th to 12th grade students. The website option was made to a 10th grade class.

Students say the parent of one of the students saw the website and thought it was not appropriate for her child.

School officials, according to parents, have set a hearing for DeLong for Monday night at the school board offices." - KSDK News

NOTE: Show Me No Hate is currently looking into scheduling a protest at the Piasa High School demanding for the speedy return of Mr. DeLong. The message we are most angry about is one about LGBTQ safety. On the one hand the district claims they are supportive of LGBTQ students but their action of firing a known LGBTQ straight-ally teacher, sends all students a clear message to fear everything that is not heterosexual. We must stop the hate now and bring back Mr. DeLong.

UPDATE: Mr. DeLong returns back to his School! Show Me No Hate asked teachers, clergy and community leaders to show up at the Southwestern School District board meeting on Monday November 2, 6pm meeting. After 6 long hours in the chilly Fall night, we were allowed in to hear that Mr. DeLong will return to work.