Suspension overturned for teacher who allowed Macklemore song
A Michigan school district has changed its tune about suspending a teacher for allowing a student to play Seattle rapper Macklemore's song about marriage equality in class.
Officials suspended Susan Johnson last week after someone complained she let a student play a YouTube video of "Same Love."
School officials had argued she broke the rules by not getting permission first. The district claims the song had controversial content described as "homosexuality, religion, politics views and a sexual slur." It features lyrics like "I might not be the same, but that's not important. No freedom 'til we're equal, damn right I support it."
Now, the superintendent for South Lyon's Centennial Middle School has reversed Johnson's suspension and reinstated her pay (she was docked two days salary.)
"I am willing to not uphold the suspension, but the violation of the district practice regarding web-based clips and our expectations for instructions previewing materials under this will remain in writing," William Pearson told The Detroit News in a statement.