This is Jordan Hunter, a 17-year-old student at Geneva High School.  Hunter filed a complaint against one of his teachers for using a slur (“black f*g”).

Dude.  You have my admiration.

Because in high school I doubt I would have done anything at all.  In fact, I know so.  Don’t ask.

Teacher Dave Burk is getting a “letter of reprimand” placed in his permanent file.  And he apparently read a letter of apology to his classes.  He didn’t intend to be insensitive, yanno.  Hunter was quoted as saying he was “disappointed and shocked” by the school district’s response.

I was too.   Burk reportedly said “”How would you feel about your tax dollars going to pay some black f*g in New York to take pictures of other black f*gs?”  Not once, but in all of his classes.   After Hunter’s complaint, the student was removed from Burk’s classroom.  Typical.

But the response that did not disappoint came from Jordan Hunter.  Who spoke out for what he knew was right.



5 thoughts on “Dude.

  1. Thumbs up to Jordan Hunter! It’s interesting to me though that the web address for the article you link to: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-homophobic-remark-13oct13,0,6142131.story labels the remark solely homophobic. The subtitle of the article “Teen says instructor made anti-gay comment in class” also focuses on homophobia with no acknowledgement of the comment being racist as well. From the first paragraph of the article:

    “A senior at Geneva High School who is gay has filed a complaint against a teacher for making what he said was a derogatory comment against gays during class.” Uh, the comment was anti-black, too…

    The article then goes on to say, “One of those students, Michael Sunderman, said he heard the teacher make the anti-gay slur last week and also heard him make such a remark earlier this year.” No word on if the teacher also made other racist remarks. Why couldn’t the article condemn the comment as both racist and homophobic? Why did the article ignore the racism of the comment altogether?

  2. Good point, flower–I noticed that, too. Guess the media can only focus on one social ill at a time?

    Mr. Hunter should be extremely proud of himself. His action did not result in what *should* have happened to the “teacher” (using the term loosely) but his actions did bring this case to the national attention. Well done!

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