A smug assistant principal from Pennsylvania who was caught on video last month telling two pro-life teenagers to “go to to hell” resigned from his position at Downingtown STEM Academy Thursday due to backlash.
According to Philly.com, the resignation came approximately three weeks after local school officials placed Assistant Principal Zach Ruff on leave for “yelling, cursing, singing, and even dancing during” a confrontation with the two protesters.
Later identified as brother and sister Conor and Lauren Haines, the duo had simply been protesting peacefully outside the academy when Ruff began berating them.
You can see his comments in the video below (WARNING: graphic language will offend some viewers):
“Sir, these are the poor and underprivileged,” one of the teens pleaded with Ruff during the exchange, referring to pictures the protesters had brought with them presumably depicting aborted babies. “These are the people who are being murdered. Sir, these are image bearers of God.”
“You can go to hell where they are, too,” the then-assistant principal replied. “They’re not children. They’re cells.”
At another point, he tried to “explain” himself.
“Listen here, son, all right — I am as gay as the day is long, and twice as sunny,” he added. “I don’t give a f*** what you think Jesus tells me about what I should and should not be doing.”
“You’re acting very immaturely,” one of the teens then replied. “I’m 16 and you’re yelling at me.”
The teen protester was correct. Ruff’s behavior was deplorable, though apparently it took him three whole weeks to figure that out.
“Dr. Ruff has acknowledged that the demonstrators had a right to be on a public sidewalk,” the academy said in a statement last week. “He acknowledged that his conduct cannot be defended or condoned, and he deeply regretted his actions as displayed on the video. This school district will not interfere with the rights of anyone to express themselves.”
Good, though one tiny problem remains — over 50,000 students and parents signed a petition in defense of Ruff.
While it’s great that this foul-mouthed official has resigned from his post, it’s nevertheless disturbing that so many people seemingly see nothing wrong with his bad behavior.
Do public school liberals have any standards at all?
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