A Wingnut Star is Born


A teacher at Parkersburg South High School in West Virginia has been suspended after attacking and mocking the Gay-Straight Alliance club at his school and comparing them to drug users and drunks. And he is apparently using that as a platform to go into politics. Here’s what he said on his Facebook page:

Alongside a flier announcing a meeting of the Parkersburg South High School Gay-Straight Alliance, Foggin wrote, “Club meeting at PSHS!! Rally around them and show ur support. We are also considering a drunks-t totaller [sic] club, drugged/sober club, smokeless tobacco vs smokes club, street racing, and deer poaching clubs. Please donate and support us. Thank u!!! I think I hear the drag already zinging.”

And now, he’s running for sheriff:

Foggin, who on Monday declined to comment on his original post, posted a cryptic message on his Facebook page Tuesday, claiming he planned to run for sheriff in 2020.

“I love everyone and I promote fairness and equality,” he said on Facebook. “I have difficulty with favoritism and bias given any person or group.”

Uh, what? Where is the favoritism here, exactly? The GSA club has exactly the same right as every other student club at the school. The only bias here is your bias against them, which you use as an excuse to mock and criticize kids who are almost certainly students in your class, for crying out loud.

Foggin then went on to talk about protecting the First Amendment, the right to free speech, through use of the Second Amendment, the right to bear arms.

“Love you all. Get a concealed carry permit while u still can. Protect urself and ur(sic) family. Thank God for every breath he give u!!(sic)”

Bigotry? Bad arguments? Crappy writing skills? Turning everything into a gun rights issue? Yep, another wingnut star is born.

Comments

  1. zippythepinhead says

    It’s so refreshing to find teachers who truly care about their students and foster decency and understanding. If we only had more teachers like that, this Foggin character might have had a decent role model to aspire to instead of becoming a bully.

  2. John Pieret says

    d.c.wilson @ 1:

    Please tell me he’s not an English teacher.

    I don’t know whether it is better or worse … he’s a science teacher.

  3. rabbitscribe says

    While I don’t condone the bigotry, at least he recognizes the Internet’s desperate shortage of “y’s” and “o’s” and is doing his bit to conserve them.

  4. jws1 says

    Quoth the bigot: “I have difficulty with favoritism and bias given any person or group.”

    Except bias in favor of his particular flavor of religion and his particular ideology. That’s just normal.

  5. says

    John Pieret @3:

    I don’t know whether it is better or worse … he’s a science teacher

    That depends. Is he also a creationist? Why do I suspect he is?

  6. Larry says

    I see a new bill being proposed in the WV legislature that allows teachers to denigrate and humiliate any public school student, gay, homosexual, or queer, as long as their religion tells them to.

  7. John Pieret says

    d.c.wilson @ 10:

    Is he also a creationist? Why do I suspect he is?

    I don’t have a clue whether he is or not (though it would hardly surprise me). But it seems to me that to be a good science teacher takes a certain open mindedness, erudition and respect for facts that Foggin is displaying a distinct lack of here.

  8. lofgren says

    Where is the favoritism here, exactly? The GSA club has exactly the same right as every other student club at the school.

    Sure, you SAY that, but then why is there no “Straight Alliance” club? No “White Pride” club? How come I can’t start a “Queers Be Perverted Hellspawn” club? If you were really as tolerant as you claim, you would be more tolerant of my intolerance. Checkmate, liberal!

  9. D. C. Sessions says

    I think I see a possible platform here:

    “Elect Foggin sheriff! He stands for your Second Amendment right to defend yourself without government interference! And, he’ll cut government spending on deputies and prosecutors.”

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