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|East Cobb Middle School scrubs Tanya Ditty from website (sort of)|
|by Ryan Watkins|
|February 24, 2012 16:53|
Officials from the Cobb County School District are staying mum on the recent controversy caused by one of its employees, Tanya Ditty.
Ditty, the state head of Concerned Women for America, spoke before a subcommittee of the Ga. House Judiciary Committee on House Bill 630 (State Fair Employment Practices Act) earlier this week and made national headlines when she compared gays and lesbians to pedophiles, necrophiliacs and zoophiliacs. Ditty almost instantly became the new poster-child of anti-gay bigotry. You can see Ms. Ditty's testimony, as well as a thoughtful and humorous response from State Rep. Karla Drenner (D-Avondale Estates), here.
HB 630 (State Fair Employment Practices Act) would prohibit the state from firing its workers over their sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation.
Her words drew the ire of gay rights activists and their supporters this week. Ditty was featured on LGBT blogs and news websites and even appeared on the Huffington Post website.
Someone, or a bunch of someones, must have taken some direct action by calling, writing and complaining to East Cobb Middle School, which has scrubbed (almost entirely) Ms. Ditty from its website.
Ditty had been listed as a “Technology Training/Integration Specialist” with the school under its faculty/staff section. I find it ironic that someone with such backward views of society and gay folks teaches something as forward thinking as technology.
But, as of today, Ms. Ditty no longer appears on the school's faculty page.
“That's a decision that would have been made at the school level,” Jay Dillon of the Cobb County School District, the state's second largest school district, said on why Ms. Ditty was removed from the faculty directory.
Her voicemail line is still listed on a PDF document on the school's website, however. For the record, the extension is 261.
Dillon, when pressed for more information on Ditty and her job with the school, said that district officials were “vaguely familiar” with the controversy and directed further questions to Concerned Women for America. Ms. Ditty has “respectfully declined” my request for an interview. I can't imagine why.
Ms. Ditty's email address with Concerned Women for America is listed as [email protected] Her work email address was, and presumably still is, [email protected] You can also reach her by dialing 770-578-2740 and using the above extension (261).
So, keep up the good work, gang. Keep letting her know, and the school district know, that anti-gay bigotry in our state's classrooms will not be tolerated.
Respectfully, of course.
Top photo: Concerned Women for America Georgia Leader Tanya Ditty with GOP presidential hopeful former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Minn.) (via Facebook)
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