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Kentucky teacher of the year quits high over homophobia after he was was accused of grooming

Gay teacher of the year in Kentucky quits high school job over homophobia after he was accused of ‘nurturing’ children at a student-run LGBTQ group – and he says the school did nothing to defend him

  • Willie Carver Jr. taught French and English at Montgomery County High School and was named the 2022 Kentucky Teacher of the Year
  • He said that during his ten years at the school, he constantly saw the government put down its LGBTQ community and failed to advocate for them.
  • Carver said the school failed to defend him when a parent accused him and LGBTQ students of taking care of other students
  • Carver has accepted a position at the University of Kentucky, in Lexington, as an academic advisor to the Gatton College of Business and Economics.

Kentucky’s 2022 Teacher of the Year has dropped out of high school over allegations that he nursed children at a student-run LGBTQ club.

Willie Carver Jr., who is openly gay, said he felt pushed out of Montgomery County High School by homophobia after ten years. time to teach as a gay man in Kentucky as a ‘death by a thousand cuts’, according to NBC News

His “breaking point” was when a woman repeatedly accused him of grooming students at a school board meeting earlier this year – and he says the school did nothing to support or defend him.

Carver said that in March when he was accused of grooming — a homophobic accusation of predatory sexual behavior often leveled at the LGBTQ community — the allegations and attacks spread online, with someone posting a photo of him and LGBTQ students next to homophobic statements .

Carver said the school did nothing in response, instead telling him that they “couldn’t get involved every time the community got upset about something at the school.”

“I’ve put up with these issues over the years because the benefits outweighed the downsides,” Carver told NBC News, “but I’ve now reached a stage where I’m starting to see the mental health toll is going to be so my students will not envision a successful LGBTQ person. They see someone who is stressed and unhappy.’

Willie Carver Jr., who is openly gay, said he made the decision to drop out of school after a woman leveled the charges against him at a school board meeting earlier this year.

Willie Carver Jr., who is openly gay, said he made the decision to drop out of school after a woman leveled the charges against him at a school board meeting earlier this year.

Carver (far left, third row from the floor) at a Teachers of the Year 2022 event with President Joe Biden (center) and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona (far left) in April

Carver (far left, third row from the floor) at a Teachers of the Year 2022 event with President Joe Biden (center) and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona (far left) in April

Montgomery County High School, where Carver taught for more than a decade.  He said the school was constantly cracking down on the LGBTQ community

Montgomery County High School, where Carver taught for more than a decade. He said the school was constantly cracking down on the LGBTQ community

Carver, who taught French and English at the school, testified in May before the US House Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties on behalf of the Safe Schools Improvement Act and the Equality Act, which requires schools to develop policies against harmful bullying.

During his testimony, he talked about the discrimination he faced as a gay teacher, which he said came from parents, teachers and school leaders.

Carver has now accepted a position at the University of Kentucky, in Lexington, as an academic advisor to the Gatton College of Business and Economics.

He said that during his time he saw the administration pull books from black and LGBTQ authors at the request of parents, kill a student-led poll designed to take the temperature on the school’s LGBTQ inclusiveness, and defend students. who were accused of tearing pride posters from walls.

Montgomery County High School Matt Thompson did not comment on Carver’s statements about the school, but spoke highly of his time there, according to the courier journal

‘Mr. Carver is a great English and French teacher,’ he said. “We wish him every success with his new venture.”

Carver (left) visited the US Capitol in May to testify on behalf of the Safe Schools Improvement Act and the Equality Act before the US House Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, which requires schools to develop policies against harmful bullying

Carver (left) visited the US Capitol in May to testify on behalf of the Safe Schools Improvement Act and the Equality Act before the US House Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, which requires schools to develop policies against harmful bullying

“I’m from Mount Sterling, Kentucky, and I met the President of the United States. My school didn’t even mention it in an email,” Carver told the US House Committee during his testimony in May.

This invisibility extends to all newly politicized identities. Our administrators’ new directive is ‘nothing racist’. Parents are now demanding alternative work if authors are black or LGBTQ. We’re told to catch them, but I can’t ethically erase black or alien voices.”

The place of sexuality and gender has come under the spotlight in recent months after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill — known as Don’t Say Gay — into law banning teachers from using “sexual orientation” or “gender identity.” to tackle kindergarten through third grade.

Many conservative lawmakers have leveled accusations of indoctrination and grooming against opponents of the bill and liberal-leaning teachers.

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