A teacher in South Lyon, Michigan, has been suspended after playing a song for students that supports gay marriage. As a result of the action, Susan Johnson, an eighth-grade educator at South Lyon’s Centennial Middle School, has been removed from the classroom without pay.
The incident unfolded last week after a student asked if he could play it for other pupils to hear. The tune, by underground rapper Ben Macklemore, tackles the issues of hate, stereotyping and other related themes. While Johnson assumed her students could learn a great deal from the song, not everyone appreciated her decision to play it.
“I asked him a few questions about the song. If it was violent, if there was any profanity, and he said no,” Johnson, a performing arts teacher, explained. “And I said this sounds like a great song to go ahead and use for the class.”