Teacher Who Sent Student to Office for Homosexuality Remark Off Leave

Newspaper reports that school investigated incident, teacher to return to work

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    The high school teacher who disciplined a student for saying in class that homosexuality is wrong was placed on leave, according to a news report.

    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that Kristopher Franks was placed on leave Sept. 23 and would return to work Friday.

    Student Disciplined Over Remark on Homosexuality

    [DFW] Student Disciplined Over Remark on Homosexuality
    A freshman at Western Hills High School was disciplined for saying in class that homosexuality is wrong. (Published Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011)

    A Fort Worth Independent School District trustee told the newspaper that the district's interim superintendent told the board that the incident had been investigated and was now resolved.

    An attorney for Franks, a teacher at Western Hills High School, earlier told the Star-Telegram that harassing emails have been sent to her client.

    Freshman Dakota Ary said he told a friend that his religious beliefs say homosexuality is wrong. According to the discipline referral form filled out by the teacher, Ary said "no gays allowed in Christianity."

    Religions, the Bible and religious views in Germany had come up during Ary's German class. According to the form, Ary had asked a question about Bibles in different counties and what language they are in.

    "I didn't say it to be rude to anyone," Ary said in an interview last week. "I said it like how I believe about it."

    The school district did not comment on the incident, as per district policy.

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