Last week, for example, I learned about the teacher in Oklahoma who let her own bias get in the way of doing her job, which is to educate young minds. Not liking what I was reading, I got involved. In turn, we ALL got involved. Now, the fruits of our labor is evident.
This letter from Khrystal's mother, the high school student from Oklahoma who's teacher allowed her bias to get in the way of a student's education, just came in to the Wipeout Homophobia on Facebook page:
Naturally, my first reaction was elation!!! Elated that Khrystal was able to explore her own mind and write creatively about what she chose to write about. Elated because all of the support, from so many of you, made such a positive impact not just on Khrystal but on the other students and, especially, Gale Applegate. Elated because we can now see without a doubt the power of numbers! This could not have been possible if not for so many of you getting heatedly involved.
The beauty of it all goes even beyond Khrystal, her paper, and even this particular class. The beauty of it is that, because of the power of numbers, there will now be safeguards in place at Eufaula High School to ensure that this never, ever happens again. I can't even begin to tell you how big that is. So, on behalf of Khrystal and Kimberlee, her mother, I say thank you from the bottom of my heart for getting involved and supporting Khrystal.
Thank you, Gale Applegate, for reexamining and reconsidering your stance on this matter. It means a lot to the future of the students you'll be in charge of teaching.
There is definitely, and definitively!, power in numbers!