Suspended Ray-Pec teacher says goodbye to seniors with a sign

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RAYMORE, Mo. -- A teacher at Ray-Pec who is no longer allowed to speak with his students stood a few miles from the high school with a sign to say goodbye to seniors Tuesday.

Ken Simon arrived at Cornerstone Church, which is about three miles from the school, around 6:30 a.m. to hold up the sign.

Students who drove by honked at him. Others stopped by to talk. Some even gave him a hug.

"I'm not allowed in the school ground, not allowed to talk to students so this is the best I can do I guess," Simon said.

Simon, who was three weeks away from retiring, was pulled out of the classroom after showing a video that some claimed was offensive.

"I saw clips of it and didn't think it was offensive at all, especially like with the knowledge that this is how times have changed," senior Grace Fowler said. "Like you have to have an understanding in that this is history. This is how history worked at one point, and this is how we changed. It's important to look at even if it is offensive."

Simon told FOX 4 that before he showed the video to his class he told his students that it showed how attitudes have changed with the times.

"I said we're gonna watch this video it's from the late 50s to show how things have changed," Simon said. "Dress, music and we don't view homosexuality as a mental illness like the video said, and we wanted to have a discussion."

FOX 4 reached out to the school district. They said they do not comment on personnel matters.

Simon said he can't believe his 47 year teacher career is ending the way that it did.


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