How should the Wake County school system respond to complaints filed against a teacher who wrote an online article that compared his school to a concentration camp, urged Christian parents to pull their children from public schools and charged the school turned a student into a lesbian?
As noted in today’s article by Will Doran, school administrators are investigating complaints made against Fuquay-Varina High School teacher Ray Fournier over his article in a Christian publication. School officials aren’t releasing details of the investigation, but some people want Fournier to lose his job or face some other disciplinary action.
But if Fournier is punished, the school system will likely draw the ire of conservatives who say the teacher’s free speech rights are being squashed. Fournier describes himself in the article as a “faithful husband and home-schooling father, a local evangelist, and a public school missionary.”
“Walking through the gates of the public high-school where I teach feels as if I were walking into a concentration camp dedicated to the spiritual death of those imprisoned behind these walls,” Fournier writes. “As a missionary masquerading as one of the ‘guards’ I am an eyewitness to the daily indoctrination and spiritual torture that is inflicted upon those who have been sentenced to come here by their own well meaning parents. The defiling effects of the government curriculum, the media, and the student culture can be seen everywhere you look, but especially in the faces of every student that I teach.”
“At the end of every day, as I walk through the halls and glance into the empty classrooms, the whispers of lawlessness haunt each corner and desk while the stench of spiritual death lingers,” Fournier later writes in the article. “I think back to everything that I witnessed throughout the day and I wonder how Christian parents could possibly think that this godless institution is the type of ‘education’ that God intended for their children. If they only knew what was happening to their children ‘behind enemy lines’ and what God actually says regarding education, they would not hesitate to rescue their children from the public schools and provide for them a Biblical education for the glory of God.”
Fournier never mentions Fuquay-Varina High by name in the article. But Fournier’s name and photo are published in the article and it’s not hard to find out online where he teaches, such as from his website. He’s the author of a book called “ Education Reformation: A Teacher's Call for Christian Parents to Abandon the Public Schools and Return to the Word of God.”
Whether school administrators consider Fournier’s remarks to have violated the code of ethics for school employees could be the issue.