The parents of a teenage boy have threatened to sue his Connecticut school for suspending him and asking him to leave after he called transgender people ‘sociopaths’ and said legalizing gay marriage was a ‘slippery slope’.
Michael Mancini, a high school sophomore, was asked to leave the $62,000-a-year Cheshire Academy after sharing his views with classmates and staff earlier this year.
His class had been discussing the Shakespeare play The Twelfth Night, in particular the fact that one of the female characters dresses as a male.
As the class spoke about it being an attempt by Shakespeare to put a ‘positive light on transgenderism’, Michael interjected ‘that during the time the book was written (1601-1602) his society would never partake in that sociopathic act,’ his father, Theodore Mancini, wrote on a website listing his complaints.
He went on to compare transgender people to serial killer Ted Bundy, who tried to normalize his abnormal murderous behavior.
‘For his example he used Ted Bundy and his normalization of his bloodlust… Ted Bundy attempted to normalize his lust for killing, just as members of society today are trying to normalize transgenderism,’ he said.
The teenager added: ‘If a man thinks he is a woman or a woman a man, it shows legitimate hormonal or mental disorder. Although those that identify as things such as Demi-Queer Fox-Kin are just looking for attention.’
Afterwards, he was talking to a teacher in the hallway who asked him for his opinion on gay marriage.
He replied by saying ‘he is fine with homosexuals being legally married but is opposed to any church or religious organization performing the ceremonies since it goes against their teachings or dogma,’ his father wrote.
He added that ‘whenever you seek to change the norms of a society, you have to be very careful to guard against it becoming a “slippery slope”‘.
To prove his point, he went on: ‘Pedophiles now call themselves MAPS or minor attracted persons and they are using the same steps that gays used in the 70’s-90’s to become normalized.
‘Another example… in Canada, their Supreme Court has already declared most forms of bestiality legal…’
In a third incident, the boy, who is white, joked during a thinking workshop when asked to say something about himself that was obvious that he was black.
The school held a disciplinary hearing where they accused him of harassment and harming an individual.
Afterwards, he was told he could voluntarily leave the school with a clean record or be suspended for five days and have the incidents put in his file.
His parents say that the school breached its contract with him and that he is being unfairly punished for his views.
They have threatened to file a lawsuit against the school which they say will seek damages for the emotional distress they say he has endured.
James Sullivan, the family’s attorney, provided the school with a notice of the lawsuit last week.
It has not yet been filed.
He told The New Haven Register: ‘It belies the whole concept of liberalism, which is to embrace diverse ideas. In this politically correct environment, they are being very intolerant.’
The school has not commented publicly on the issue but said in an email to parents: ‘This student was given a number of chances to adhere to our expectations and the rules and code of conduct of Cheshire Academy.
‘Contrary to what you may have read, our decision was not based on an opposition to political dialogue.
‘We will take steps to defend the good name and reputation of CA, and will continue to work with legal counsel through this unfortunate episode.’
SOURCE: Daily Mail – Jennifer Smith