Petition to remove Joel Whitcher from his position of power.

Petition to remove Joel Whitcher from his position of power.

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Emma Dwaileebe started this petition to Olean City School District

    As many of you know, Joel Whitcher, the principal of the Olean Intermediate Middle School, has recently shared racist, homophobic, and outright disgusting claims and statements in a series of videos. In addition to this, the principal made extremely inappropriate claims attacking Muslims, and he ceased to mention any other religions he was against. This is direct islamophobia. As these videos began to publicly circulate, people got angry — particularly students at OHS. The student body finds Mr. Whitcher’s behavior absolutely intolerable. No administrator that governs an extremely diverse student body has the right to publicly discriminate and hate members of his own community and school.

 

    Collectively, the OHS student body has established that absolutely nothing about this behavior isacceptable, and we do not feel comfortable with this man working in a school environment that claims to be a safe and inclusive institution, free from discrimination. Mr. Whitcher has already offended countless students, parents, and members of the community, and if he keeps his position as the Olean Middle School principal, he will continue to do so. We ask you to please consider removing Joel Whitcher from our school district: this man has directly attacked his own student body, and we will not tolerate it.

 

Here are some direct quotes from Joel Whitcher from Fresh Fire Worship Center:

o “Gay marriage is outside of the government of God.”
o “Muslims — that’s outside of the government of God”
o “Abortion is outside of the government of God”
o “Men created shameful acts with other men and received due punishment … it’s an enemy getting drawn into the light … We are finally seeing what we need to go kill”
o “We’re talking about schizophrenia — we have medication for that, no, we have deliverance”
o “Remember, the Church is to infiltrate politics. Politics is not to infiltrate the Church”
o “You go to Olean, you get free lunch, you get free breakfast … it’s because the spirit of poverty has hit the homes”
o “You should not have cancer in your flesh. You should not have diabetes in your blood. You should not be susceptible to Covid.”

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