SULLIVAN, Ind. - An Indiana teacher whose comment that she believes gays have no purpose in life has been suspended amid tighter security at her school.
Superintendent Mark Baker of the Northeast School Corp. in western Indiana's Sullivan County issued a statement Wednesday saying the teacher has been placed on administrative leave and that state and local police are stationing officers at North Central Junior-Senior High School as a precaution because of "aggressive" email messages sent to the school and the teacher.
Baker did not identify the teacher, but special education teacher Diana Medley's comments have circulated widely on social networking sites amid news coverage of an alternative prom dance at a nearby school that would ban gay students.
"We don't agree with it (homosexuality), and it's offensive to us," Medley told reporters. "Homosexual students come to me with their problems, and I don't agree with them, but I care about them. It's the same thing with my special needs kids. I think God puts everyone in our lives for a reason."
When asked if she thinks gays have a purpose in life, Medley said, "No I honestly don't. Sorry, but I don't. I don't understand it."
"A gay person isn't going to come up and make some change unless it's to realize that it was a choice and they're choosing God," Medley told WTWO.
Medley has no published telephone number and she couldn't be reached for comment Wednesday.