As if being an outed homosexual teen in the Deep South wasn't quite stressful enough...http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2014/11/20/louisiana-school-bus-driver-tells-teen-to-repent-for-sin-of-homosexuality/
So it's not enough for this driver to be alert and look out for her charges' physical safety. She has to worry about what her bronze-age mythology says about their sexuality. Assumed Christian privilege just makes me ill, sometimes.
From the linked article:
According to the letter, the 16-year-old student — who was identified only as John Doe — attempted to exit the school bus on Oct. 10, but he was stopped by the bus driver.
“The driver then asked John Doe if he went to church or participated in any church-like activity,” the letter explained. “When John Doe told the driver no, she told him that ‘going to church is how he can avoid sin.’ She proceeded to tell John Doe that homosexuality is a ‘sin’ and that he can go to hell for it.”
John Doe said that the driver warned him that he must “repent” for his “sinful ways” by praying to God, and by going to church. She also reportedly gave him advice on which Bible to get, and which church to attend.
After John Doe was released from the bus, he told his sister what happened, and she informed Principal Shalonda Simoneaux, who advised the students to “call transportation because I’m not her boss.”
So the principal is totally washing her hands of this? While there may be some details missing, that sure looks like side-stepping to me. Doesn't send a good message to the kids who reported this, either.
Someone in the transportation department eventually told Doe’s parents that the bus driver had been informed that she could no longer talk about religion or sexuality with students.
District spokesman Keith Bromery insisted to The Times-Picayune that a “reprimand and counseling, and having this in her personnel file was all that this should entail, and thats what happened.”
Except such incidents don't happen in a vacuum. They tend to propagate and continue indefinitely unless comprehensive efforts are made to change the environment that fosters them. The ACLU wants to see a more in-depth response, and I agree.