It's Time Schools Quit Treating Homophobia Like A Valid OpinionAnna North11/15/10 1:50pmFiled to: Make it betterHomophobia in schoolshomophobiaStraight prideJay mcdowellGraeme taylorSt. charles north high schoolGay Rightslgbtq233EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkSeveral recent incidents at schools around the country raise the question: why do we treat homophobia like it's an opinion worth respecting?Last month, Jay McDowell, a teacher in Howell, Michigan was suspended when he kicked a kid out of class for a homophobic comment. And just last week, kids at St. Charles North High School in Illinois wore "Straight Pride" shirts without being disciplined — because, in the words of a school official, "while there are two sides to an issue, you can hold onto your side of the issue and advocate it, but you also have to be respectful of people who hold the opposite opinion." Um, do you?ShareTweet Kinja is in read-only mode. We are working to restore service.