• Federal Judge Patrick Duggan has found that Michigan teacher Johnson “Jay” McDowell violated the First Amendment rights of one of his students. McDowell, who teaches at Howell High School, threw Daniel Glowacki out of his classroom during an anti-bullying presentation when Glowacki said he doesn’t accept gays because of his religious beliefs. Duggan ordered McDowell to pay $1.
• Officials at Tennessee’s Columbia State Community College are investigating claims that a teacher forced students to wear ribbons supporting gay pride. Some students say psychology professor Linda Brunton had them wear the ribbons for a day, then write about the discrimination they faced. The students claim Brunton told them that those who oppose gay rights are “uneducated bigots.” A local newspaper says people claiming to be former students contacted it saying Brunton had given similar assignments in the past and punished those who objected.
• While driving through Houston County, Tenn., Patricia Barnes stopped at a restaurant and used the restroom. A few days later, she got a request for $5 in the mail from the restaurant for using the restroom without buying anything. How did the restaurant’s owner track her down? Sheriff Darrell Allison ran her tag number and gave the owner her information. Allison said police officers routinely look up information for private citizens. “I would say that happens every day. It’s a very common occurrence,” he said.
Charles Oliver is a staff writer for The Daily Citizen.