There is a difference in speaking out, and being a special ed teacher and saying the things this woman said. She should know better. "God created everyone equal" and "I don't agree with them, but I care about them. It's the same thing with my special ed kids." and "Do you think they have a purpose in life? No, I honestly don't." What is wrong with this woman? Can she not hear herself? How could any student ever trust her to have their best interest at heart after reading that? This is the woman whose comments prompted me to ask if teachers are allowed to speak to the media. I'm guessing her supervisors wish she would not have been, as they are now fielding hundreds of phone calls and e-mails complaining about her conduct. Several people around here sponsor "private proms" for various reasons. Often they are "white only" events, or Christian-themed events, or events thrown by parents who think their children should be allowed to drink. Some are "rainbow proms," where diversity is celebrated, and all are welcome. I was very lucky to attend a high school where all couples were welcome at prom. In fact, my prom date was a girl. If private groups want to coordinate and pay for these events, they are free to do so, but they should not be sanctioned by the school or school employees.