Marcus, 7, has two mommies. Asked about his family by a classmate, Marcus explained.
Marcus responded he had two mothers because his mother is gay. When the other child asked for explanation, Marcus told him: “Gay is when a girl likes another girl,” according to the complaint.
A teacher who heard the remark scolded Marcus, telling him “gay” was a “bad word” and sending him to the principal’s office. The following week, Marcus had to come to school early and repeatedly write: “I will never use the word ‘gay’ in school again.”
A cheerful story from Citizen Smash via Mike Daley.
Update: The superintendent denies the whole thing, claiming the boy was disruptive, reports Eugene Volokh. But the superintendent is contradicted by the paperwork sent home to the parents. Marcus was forced to fill out a student behavior contract in which he admitted he’d “sed bad wurds”; the teacher added a note explaining the offense was saying his mother was gay and “explaining what gay means.” The teacher also sent home a behavior report saying that Marcus’ discussion of “gay” was “not acceptable in my classroom.”