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Michigan Teacher Says She was Suspended Over Song

Thursday Nov 29, 2012

SOUTH LYON, Mich. - A Detroit-area middle school teacher says she's been suspended for playing a song about being gay during class.

According to Susan Johnson, the principal and assistant superintendent delivered the news to her last week after a student complained.

Johnson tells WJBK-TV ( ) she allowed the song "Same Love" to be played during her eighth-grade performing arts class at Centennial Middle School in South Lyon at the request of a student.

Johnson says she was told her suspension would last three days and she wouldn't be paid for two.

She says administrators told her she should have sought permission to play the song.

South Lyon Community School District Assistant Superintendent Melissa Baker declined to comment when reached by the station.

The Associated Press left a message for Baker on Thursday.

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  • Oh Jed said:, 2012-11-29 11:55:38

    Is permission required to play any love song music or show movies where romance is part of the theme? If not, then she should file a complaint with the department of education for her suspension.

  • gdhamf, 2012-11-30 04:59:14

    lets hope the kid who bitched gets approval on all the lesson plans and curriculum since this little cry baby is now in charge of the school system.

  • JaimeB, 2012-11-30 19:45:25

    This is a gross violation of academic freedom.

  • Pirmin, 2012-11-30 21:04:11

    Is there a fund to which folks can donate to help recoup her lost pay? (Remember the bullied bus driver in NYS?) I gladly would contribute.

  • , 2012-12-02 07:26:51

    Michigan is a State which lacks protections for LGBT employees. Regardless of the teacher’s orientation, I’m sure the school felt it could do what it wanted.

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