Attorney Says School Threatened, Punished WI Boy Who Opposed Gay Adoption


Todd Starnes at Fox News commentary:

A 15-year-old Wisconsin boy who wrote an op-ed opposing gay adoptions was censored, threatened with suspension and called ignorant by the superintendent of the Shawano School District, according to an attorney representing the child.

Mathew Staver, the founder of the Liberty Counsel, sent a letter to Superintendent Todd Carlson demanding an apology for “Its unconstitutional and irrational censorship and humiliation” of Brandon Wegner.

Wegner, a student at Shawano High School, was asked to write an op-ed for the school newspaper about whether gays should be allowed to adopt. Wegner, who is a Christian, wrote in opposition. Another student wrote in favor of allowing gays to adopt.

... Staver said what the school system did next was absolutely outrageous. He said the 15-year-old was ordered to the superintendent’s office where he was subjected to hours of meetings and was accused of violating the school’s bullying policy.

“The superintendent called him ignorant and said he had the power to suspend him,” Staver said. “He’s using his position to bully this student. This is absolutely the epitome of intolerance.”

Staver said the boy’s parents were never notified.

At one point, Staver said the superintendent gave him a chance to say he regretted writing the column.

“When Mr. Wegner stated that he did not regret writing it, and that he stood behind his beliefs, Superintendent Carlson told him that he ‘had got to be one of the most ignorant kids to try to argue with him about this topic,’” Staver said.

At that point, Staver said the superintendent told the boy that “we have the power to suspend you if we want to.”

The superintendent allegedly told Wegner that he was personally offended by Wegner’s column.


  1. Louis E.
    Posted January 27, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    So what recourse do those personally offended by defense of same-sex sexual relationships have?

  2. Randy E King
    Posted January 27, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Permalink


    According to a recent sixth court decision - Ward v. Polite - if the state allows opposition based on a secular ideology than the state must permit opposition based on a personal religious ideology.

    Translation: Secularism is a religion

  3. Ben Erickson
    Posted January 28, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    Wow this would be outrageous, except for one very key detail you left out, he called for the execution of homosexuals. HS papers shouldn't advocate violence ever.

  4. yoshi
    Posted January 30, 2012 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    Stopped reading at "Mathew Staver". The guy hasn't told a true world in his life.

  5. Dan
    Posted January 30, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

    >>...he called for the execution of homosexuals....

    No, he didn't. What he did was quote from the bible as part of a debate assignment. As a bible believer, this student naturally included references to biblical teaching on the subject. Quoting the bible as a source text is actually the most appropriate thing he could have done for this assignment.

    What bible haters fail to understand is that while we are no longer under the old law, the OT still benefits us today by revealing the mind of God (e.g., sexual behaviors He does not want us engaging in, for one).

    Sure, he could have quoted instead from the NT passages that condemn homosexual behavior (and yes, it also condemns heterosexual fornication and adultery too), but as a debater the goal is to make the strongest argument within the time, or words, or space allotted and that's what he did.

    So if you want to hate someone, you should hate the teacher who gave the assignment, not the student who gave his level best to the assignment.

    Further, if anyone is "ignorant", it is the district superintendent for doing such a poor job that assignments like this are made in his schools which will inevitably lead to the dissemination of biblical material of which he is "personally offended".

    Besides all this... Just as proponents of homosexuality say that children will eventually learn homosexual behavior exists anyway so they might as well be taught about it while young, children likewise will eventually learn about the biblical prohibitions of homosexual behavior. So to try to shield them from it is an exercise in futility. The bible is an anvil that has worn out many hammers. And now that the bible has been published on the Internet, Jesus' prophecy of Matthew 24:35 is ever more fulfilled as it would surely now take Heaven and Earth passing away before the bible does.

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