A Wake County teacher who compared Fuquay-Varina High School to a concentration camp is still in the classroom while under investigation.
Wake County school officials determine whether a teacher can continue teaching during an investigation on a case-by-case basis, said Lisa Luten, communications director.
Luten said she couldn’t comment on why Ray Fournier, a biology teacher, has been allowed to stay in the classroom during the investigation, citing personnel rules.
The school system received complaints after Fournier wrote an article criticizing public schools. The article, published in “No Greater Joy” magazine, compared Fuquay-Varina High to a concentration camp and its teachers to Nazi guards.
Fournier also blamed the school for turning a student gay and wrote that when he’s in the classroom, he is “all too aware that 15 out of 30 of these dear children are sexually active.”
A self-described “local evangelist, and a public school missionary,” Fournier has since apologized in an open letter posted online.
Some have defended Fournier and his right to free speech. Others – parents, students and former students – have asked school officials to punish him.
Critics such as Krista Bennett said their complaints go beyond his writings. She said her daughter, who had Fournier as a substitute teacher once, said he spent the class lecturing about abortion instead of passing out the worksheet they were supposed to review.
Luten said it’s unclear when the investigation will be over.
Fournier has not responded to multiple attempts to reach him for comment.