Remove Stacey Campfield from the Vestal Hall of Fame
  • Petitioned Vestal Board of Education

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Vestal Board of Education
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Kathy Loveland

Remove Stacey Campfield from the Vestal Hall of Fame

    1. Nisha Dalvie
    2. Petition by

      Nisha Dalvie

      Vestal, NY

“That [gay] bullying thing is the biggest lark out there.”

“[Homosexuals] do not naturally reproduce. It happens in nature, but so does beastiality. That does not make it right or something we should be teaching in school."

“My understanding... is that it is virtually, if not completely impossible, to contract AIDS through heterosexual sex. It's virtually impossible.”

These three quotes are just a few of many that have brought Tennessee Senator Stacey Campfield to national prominence in the past few years. He has trivialized LGBT youth suicide, labeled homosexuals as a “dangerous and deadly” community because he ignorantly claims only they can transmit HIV/AIDS, and has attempted to pass the “Don’t Say Gay” Bill which would prevent any type of non-heterosexual discussions in schools. His beliefs are unacceptable for modern day society and certainly don’t set a good example for future generations.

Yet the Board of Education for the Vestal Central School District seems to disagree. Senator Campfield, an alumnus of Vestal High School, was inducted into Vestal Central Schools’ Hall of Fame in 2008 for his political recognition. What sort of example does that set for the future students of Vestal Senior High School when they showcase a man who has made outright abusive comments in such a public forum? How can Vestal High School claim to have a zero tolerance policy towards bullying when it honors a bigot in its Hall of Fame?

Although recently members of the Vestal community have been pressuring the Board to remove him, culminating in a meeting where several speakers spoke out against Campfield, the school board refused to remove him. They argued that they did not know about his beliefs before he was inducted and that Campfield has the freedom to say what he wants. These excuses are flimsy and unreasonable.

We refuse to accept the Board’s decision. With enough public pressure and outcry, we can still remove Campfield from the Hall of Fame. We, as members of the Vestal community, need national help. Please help our town make a stand. Sign our petition so we can raise awareness about this man’s statements and actions, because he doesn’t deserve honor or respect even in a small town like ours. Take a stand against anti-homosexual bigotry, take a stand for gays who have been bullied, and take a stand for a modern tolerant society.

Read more about Stacey Campfield:
http://www.nashvillescene.com/pitw/archives/2012/01/26/stacey-campfield-on-the-origins-of-aids-it-was-one-guy-screwing-a-monkey

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2012/jan/27/campfield-commentary-stirs-flap-again/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/26/stacey-campfield-tennessee-senator-dont-say-gay-bill_n_1233697.html

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    • Don McMahon KNOXVILLE, TN
      • about 2 years ago

      Stacy Campfield is an embarrassment to both parties. His views are not conservative they are hateful.

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    • Pan Walker KNOXVILLE, TN
      • about 2 years ago

      He is a HUGE embarrassment for East Tennessee. Please don't honor his buffoonery.

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    • Rose Williams GAINESVILLE, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      Because he's an uninformed idiot and a bad role model of students!!!

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    • Micheal Van Dyke BINGHAMTON, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      I am an '08 graduate and as a member of the LGBT community, I was lucky to never experience much "hate" from anyone at the school. When I heard about Stacey Campfield it was through an LGBT news site and then I found out that this man was in the Vestal Hall of Fame, I became very confident that he would be removed from the Hall of Fame.

      I've heard many arguments that it is his first amendment right to have his opinion, and I respect that right. If we took down his picture, he would still have that right. He would still be making these awful comments on homosexuality. So what would removing his picture accomplish?

      A lot. Firstly, removing his membership is a protesting of what Mr. Campfield has said and done with his "Fame." It is not a censorship of Mr. Campfield's right to free speech.

      Secondly, Mr. Campfield's speech is promoting hate. A man in his position of authority has the ability to influence a great number of people. This influence can get people to believe "Homosexuality is different. It is wrong. It should not exist." It leads to fear, discrimination, and ultimately violence if left unchecked. I'm not saying the country is heading towards genocide, but if I can prevent one LGBT member from experiencing pain just for the fact that he/she loves in a way that isn't society's "norm," then that is reason enough to protest.

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    • Amy Barlow Liberatore MADISON, WI
      • about 2 years ago

      I graduated in 1974. I cannot believe that this is the type of person honored by my alma mater. He is not only undereducated on everything from human rights to the nature of AIDS (yes, you CAN give it to your wife after fooling around with your boyfriend, Stacey). And comparing LGBTQs to people who practice bestiality? And not taking bullying seriously? This is 2012. Wake up, Vestal, and toss this person in the trash. He's not good enough to recycle.

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