High School Coach Who Made Fun of Bullying Allowed To Stay on as Counselor

Buffalo, Wyoming head football coach Pat Lynch has submitted his resignation as head coach and weight room supervisor.  He will be, however, be staying on as a guidance counselor.

His offense? Distributing material that would make any other high school guidance counselor call an anti-bullying awareness rally faster then you can say “push ups”.

GLSEN reports that Lynch recently distributed a “Hurt Feelings” report  that was laced with homophobic and sexist remarks including “I am a pussy,” “I am a queer” and “I am a little bitch.” to the players on his former football team.

(You can view the survey in its entirety here.)

At a school board meeting, a letter of apology from Lynch was read aloud, “I would like to apologize for my lapse in judgment and the poor choice that I made from my position as the Head Football Coach for Buffalo High School…I know that this situation has caused you pain and discomfort, and for that I am truly sorry. As a person and a professional, I believe I will learn and grow from this experience and use it to help others.”

What remains unclear, reports GLSEN, is “why the school board allowed Lynch to stay on as a guidance counselor when he resigned for overtly sharing inappropriate material with students that was clearly sexist and homophobic.”

“The high school has reportedly not commented on the decision to retain Lynch as an employee of the school district.”

GLSEN’s Andy Marra points out that, “If a majority of LGBT students perceive school-based mental health professionals to be safe and affirming school personnel, it seems questionable the Johnson County school district would retain Pat Lynch in his position as a high school guidance counselor when he poked fun of LGBT bullying.

The same argument can be made for female-identified students. Lynch’s “joke survey”was littered with sexist language that would make any student wonder if this school staff member was an ally and a resource to seek out for support or assistance.”

A great point.

You can read GLSEN’s full report Here.

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One Response to High School Coach Who Made Fun of Bullying Allowed To Stay on as Counselor

  1. While I agree with everything this article says, I believe this man should be given another chance. He fulsomely apologised, so let’s see if he can live up to his new attitude.

    If we never forgive anyone, there will be eventually no-one left to forgive, and we might also find we alienate some of our straight allies in the process.

    I think someone who was homophobic, and no longer is would be of great value in combatting homophobia because they can take people through their journey.

    I say let’s give the man a chance, but if he blows it a second time, then he should not be allowed to have anything to do with the education and welfare of children or young persons.

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