Arizona's Cactus Shadows High School suspended teacher Andrew Cupo after several parents complained about the sexual language in a play studied in his elective advanced drama class. Students must get parental permission to take the class because it may contain sexual material. And Cupo also gave them the option to study a play other than Edward Albee's "The Goat, of Who Is Sylvia?" But Emily McAtee, a student in the class, says she declined to read another play because she felt she'd be left out. She says she was offended by Albee's play. Her father, Guy, says that even though he signed the syllabus sent home at the start of the year he really didn't realize the class would contain material he might find offensive.
"My cousin committed suicide while on duty at the armory after coming home from a tour abroad."
In the best of all possible worlds, such actions wouldn't be necessary. In the current climate, boycotting social media might spark a return to a robust marketplace of ideas.
The Utah Supreme Court upheld a six-month suspension without pay, based in part (though not entirely) on these remarks; the judge has a history of past discipline on other grounds as well.
"I want to be clear that the comments I made are not indicative of who I am or who I've become in the years since."