Target: Sister Joan Fitzgerald, Xavier College Prep
Goal: Terminate the employment of a teacher who handed out racist, misogynistic flyers to students.
Alumni and students at a Phoenix, Arizona Catholic school are calling for the termination of a teacher for handing out a flyer to students that talked about “black genocide.” Gavin Ahern, a theology teacher at the private, all-girls Xavier College Prep, handed to his students the flyer which read, “Maybe the Klan didn’t invent abortion… but you have to think they’re pretty happy with the results.” Another part of the flyer lists several statistics of abortion rates in African-American communities. The statistics are of dubious credibility.
Xavier College Prep alum Peg Perl is calling for Mr. Ahern’s dismissal, noting that the flyer “doesn’t debate theology in a respectful way.” A parent of a current Xavier College Prep student has stated that complaints about Ahern’s behavior have been largely ignored by the administration at the school. “This really isn’t an issue about abortion, rather a lack of accountability and integrity when teaching. We made the choice to send our daughter to an all girls Catholic school knowing that they have a pro-life position. But propaganda that demeans a particular race and likens Planned Parenthood to the Klan is a problem,” said a parent.
Christina Lambard, another Xavier College Prep alum, joined Mrs. Perl’s condemnation of the flyer. “This is about a teacher using his position of authority to spread misogynistic and racist ideas to young women. And for the school to hide behind the idea that these are church beliefs and that it’s about promoting discussion, that’s not at all what we’re trying to bring up. We do not support teachers using position of authority to spread propaganda that is not fixed in theology,” she said.
Racist, misogynist propaganda that likens Planned Parenthood to the Ku Klux Klan is unacceptable in youth classrooms. Sign the petition to call for the termination of Gavin Ahern from Xavier College Prep.
Dear Sister Joan Fitzgerald,
Mr. Gavin Ahern, a theology instructor at Xavier College Prep, has caused considerable controversy in using a flyer that likens Planned Parenthood to the Ku Klux Klan and uses statistics of dubious authenticity to paint a racist, misogynistic picture. While we are supportive of teachers who do not shy away from the exploration of controversial topics, this flyer crosses the line.
It is with this in mind that we urge you to take the necessary steps to terminate Mr. Gavin Ahern from his teaching position.
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