Suspended Teacher Finds Himself in Ungodly Mess

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God is reportedly deciding whether to turn a Canadian teacher into a pillar of salt or simply rain sulfur down upon him for allegedly exposing children to religious perspectives other than their own.

Meanwhile, members of the Hamilton-Wentworth School Board in Ontario have suspended teacher John Orme and sent him home because, seriously, you don't want to be anywhere near this guy when the sulfur hits the fan.

That stuff stings.

Orme teaches English and history at Gordon Price School, where, the Spectator newspaper in Ontario reports, he exposed his students to the lyrics of "Dear God," a 1986 hit for the British band XTC. "Dear God" is not the kind of gushing fan mail the Almighty is used to receiving.

"I won't believe in heaven and hell," the song goes. "No saints, no sinners, no devil, as well. No pearly gates, no thorny crown. You're always letting us humans down. The wars you bring, the babes you drown. Those lost at sea and never found. It's the same the whole world 'round. The hurt I see helps to compound that Father, Son and Holy Ghost is just somebody's holy hoax."

Not only did this tune not make it into the latest Lutheran hymnal, the Spectator reports it also hurt 12-year-old Kelsey Griffith's feelings. When she claimed Orme called upon her to defend her belief in God, her mother Amanda pitched a holy fit.

That brought the wrath of the school board down upon Orme, who is in a sort of administrative purgatory until Judgment Day -- or the next school board meeting.

Superintendent Mag Gardner tells the Spectator she's sympathetic to parents' concerns, but there may be more to the situation than meets the eye. Some parents agree.

"It has been blown out of proportion," Wendy Hine, whose 12-year-old daughter is in the class, tells the Spectator. "You have an excellent teacher who really, really has a good connection with the kids. This is now affecting their education."

Hine adds it is ridiculous that all this fuss arose from one parent's complaint.

"This one parent and one student spoke for all of us and I don't think that's very fair," she tells the newspaper. "All of the other parents need to be heard."

Gardner tells the Spectator she suspects Orme's students will one day recover from their brush with new wave British punk.

"We're confident that the school will be able to move on," she adds. "We have a lot of faith in those students."

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.