Backlash prompts new BISD program offering

Backlash prompts new BISD program offering

Beaumont Independent School District officials announced the opening of a new Adult Cosmetology class next month dependent upon enrollment participation. The announcement followed two days of community outcry after Thomas Amons, Taylor Career and Technology Center principal, closed the district’s long-standing night-class program this week.

BISD press releases have stated the original program was closed after the second day of class due to lack of funding, but the program’s instructor told The Examiner that the real reason the program closed is because the principal “thought” a prospective student might be gay.

The Examiner has requested information from BISD as to how much financial support was required from the district to administer the original program, but according to district spokesperson Ron Reynolds, that information is not yet available.

 

The Examiner’s original story, “Sexuality the deciding factor in program’s closure,” is available online at http://www.theexaminer.com/stories/news/sexuality-deciding-factor-program%E2%80%99s-closure

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Comments

"NOW B.I.S.D. NEEDS TO RE-INSTATE MRS. CLARK"

OK, GREAT NOW B.I.S.D. TRUSTEE'S DECIDED TO OFFER A NEW PROGRAM. MY QUESTION IS WHAT HAPPENS TO MRS. CLARK, DID THEY OFFER HER BACK HER OLD JOB? ALL OF THIS MESS SHOULD HAVE BEEN HANDLED IN A MORE PROFESSIONAL MANNER. MR. AMONS DECISION TO FIRE MRS. CLARK FOR STANDING UP FOR HER STUDENTS AND HER BELIEFS AND THEN CANCELING THE CLASS WAS ALSO UNPROFESSIONAL & IMMATURE.

Jesus Christ!

I'd like to know why we can't get past all of this bullsh!t. People are free to live their lives as they see fit. There is nothing immoral about homosexuality, anyone that tries to say such is just a goddamned fool.

I've known homosexual men and women in my lifetime and they are no different than the rest of us.

"MR. AMONS WAS RIGHT FOR KICKING THAT QUEER OUT"

"GOD CREATED ADAM & EVE, NOT ADAM & STEVE". NOBODY WANTS TO SEE THAT KIND OF PEOPLE AROUND OUR CHILDREN AND WHY SHOULD OUR TAX DOLLARS PAY FOR THEM TO ATTTEND TRAINING ANYWAY ?

"CONCERNED SENIOR CITIZEN. THIS IS 2012. NOT 1900"

"I AM NOT SURE THAT YOU ARE AWARE OF IT, BUT THIS IS THE YEAR 2012 NOT 1900". EVERY CITIZEN IN THIS COUNTRY HAVE CIVIL RIGHTS, REGARDLESS OF THE COLOR OF THEIR SKIN, SEX OR SEXUAL PREFERENCES. BUT I GUESS IN YOUR OWN LITTLE WORLD, THINGS HAVEN'T CHANGED.

Actually...

YOU are the kind of person I don't want to see around my children.

In case you haven't noticed, the country has moved on from your anachronistic way of thinking, and you are no longer the "voice of reason" the way you once fancied yourself. Instead, you are the voice of bigotry and hate.

And FYI, the class is called "Adult Cosmetology", which for all of us who can actually process rational thought means there are no children in the class. So you're wrong on the merits AND the facts.

But that likely doesn't matter to you anyway because you are what is now commonly defined as a "low information voter" - i.e., one who possesses a general lack of knowledge about the world and often considers facts a threat to pre-existing beliefs.

'Concerned senior citizen' is lacking in education & compassion.

Unless you subscribe to the biblical 'solution' of stoning them to death, you will have to coexist in civilized society even with people who your narrow mind doesn't think are the 'right' kind of people. People who are educated to be able to contribute skills to the community and earn money to support themselves are less of a burden on your precious 'tax dollars' than the alternative.

And by the way, as an adult education program, most or all of the costs are covered by the fees charged to students. It's not free. Apparently the adult cosmetology program has a $100 non-refundable deposit, a $25 registration fee, and $75-a-week tuition, and the student has to provide all their own supplies by purchasing a $175 makeup kit.

Credibility in The Trash

BISD and its administration apparently believe we are idiots and are unable to connect the dots. Of course, there will be no investigation. This is the same group that approved of the Walker rehire, despite his record of shoddy work and admitted fraud. A claim they didn't have the money? Did BISD even fund the adult part of the program? Records have been requested that will confirm or refute BISD's original position, since changed. By the way, if BISD didn't have the funds, why did it decline the Walker money? And you are right the "budget excuse" does not pass the smell test. If BISD had in fact funded the adult part of the program, it would have been part of an approved budget. The money would have been there. BISD's credibility (if anything is left of it) has again taken a direct hit. Thanks Jessie for the great press releases! If only they could be believed.

Unanswered questions

Why wait several weeks to restart the program, delaying the education of those already-enrolled students who had tried to start class this week?

Will the teacher Ms. Clark be getting her job back, or are they using those weeks to hire a replacement who will bow down better?

Will the student Mr. Gray be allowed to continue attending the restarted program?

Will all students be freely allowed from now on, in this and all other BISD programs, regardless of their apparent or actual sexual orientation?

Will the principal Mr. Amons be punished for his bigotry and lies? How? When?

What is the new superintendent Mr./Dr. Chargois's position on / involvement in this?

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