Two home-schooled teens protesting abortion on a sidewalk in front of a Pennsylvania school were confronted by the assistant principal, who told them they and President Trump could go to hell, along with the aborted fetuses they called “image bearers of God.”
"You and Trump can go to hell": Asst. principal on leave after argument with teen abortion protesters https://t.co/NMHwHjdb4n
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 6, 2017
The incident occurred in April in front of STEM Academy in Downingtown, Pa. Assistant principal Zachary Ruff was caught on video confronting the brother and sister, telling them, “I’m as gay as the day is long and twice as sunny. I don’t give a f— what you think Jesus tells me.”
He also denied the protesters’ assertion that abortion constituted a holocaust, not that there isn’t one going on in 2017: “If you want to talk about a holocaust happening in America, go into an inner city, and talk to the poor and underprivileged.”
The Washington Posts’ followers on Twitter were largely in agreement that Ruff, who was placed on administrative leave, was a hero.
@washingtonpost Man is a big damn hero – he should be awarded, not fired.
— Michelle Parlett (@muppetwoman) May 6, 2017
According to the report, he wasn’t fired, and the school district says it will follow all policies and procedures for internal personnel matters.
@washingtonpost This man is my hero! Church and State are separated. If you want religion values go to damn religion school. Take your propaganda elsewhere
— Ruby Weapon (@yourknownenemy) May 6, 2017
@washingtonpost Good for him. No one has to tolerate uninformed, willfully ignorant nonsense like the kind those kids were spewing. I hope he wins!
— Jeana Mamer (@JeanaMamer) May 6, 2017
@washingtonpost Man is a hero. Shameful to put him on leave for protecting his students.
— Michael St. Charles (@stchar1201) May 6, 2017
@washingtonpost I stand with him.
— Cynthia Shaffer (@cyndie9172) May 6, 2017
— B.I.G.J.A.M. (@Welptheresthat) May 6, 2017
Not all heroes wear capes; some wear khakis and school ID lanyards.
@washingtonpost He should be sent to school himself to learn how to be an adult.
— Dr. Rick L. Hoover (@bornagainlosers) May 6, 2017
He did seem a bit easily triggered; why so anxious to protect his students from a “graphic” photo of nothing but cells? The students have studied cells, right?
@washingtonpost Well that is a very adult way for an Asst Principle to talk to students he disagrees with. "Go to hell" is always a great discussion starter
— Tim Dykstra (@Timothydykstra) May 6, 2017
“Go to hell” doesn’t sound like the outburst of an educator representing a science-based school, but he did score 100 percent on the “child or clump of cells” multiple-choice question, so there’s that.
@washingtonpost Love how Americans say "We have free speech", as long as it's not in this place or too loud or an opposing view or it offends me it's okay.
— NeverGoFullRetard (@DonaldRetard) May 6, 2017
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Woman in 'I'm a professor!' viral video becomes the new face of the resistance https://t.co/Ja55SvgghF
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) February 3, 2017