BEAVER, PA (09-19-18) – School superintendent Carrie Row, came out during a dramatic school board meeting last Monday. Carrie Rowe came to the decision to come out following a Christian group who demanded her resignation.
The dramatic school board meeting included people arguing for both Carrie Rowe and Steve Wellendorf.
“Dr. Rowe is extremely professional,” said Zoltan Nemeth, a senior at Beaver Area High School. Another student named Dominick Reagan added..“She tries to make (school) a comfortable environment for everyone.”
The dramatic and at times nasty school board meeting was over Rowe “allegedly firing Christians to push a homosexual agenda”.
“I’m gay,” said Beaver Area superintendent Carrie Rowe. “I wanted to say that straight away because it’s likely the reason many of you are here tonight.” said Rowe.
In the superintendent’s mind, she was forced into a corner with no other way out. This was due to the right wing religious former Beaver councilman Luke Berardelli, who lead a rally in support of reinstating Beaver Area High School principal Steve Wellendorf.
The former principal was placed on leave in August over alleged comments made during his time overseeing the school. By school board regulations, reasons for his leave of absent have yet to be released.
Berardelli has been pushing the narrative that Carrie Rowe has brought a “toxic” culture and allegedly targeted members of a Christian Youth Group.
“I have worked in education for 20 years and in that time” said Rowe as she came out publicly to avoid being outed in retaliation for Wellendorf’s suspension. “I’ve never addressed my personal life because being gay has never been relevant to my job. Rowe said as she came out publicly to avoid being outed in retaliation for Wellendorf’s being placed on leave. To be honest, it’s still not relevant, however, there is a very vocal minority in this community who have decided to take my sexuality and use it as a cudgel against me.” said Rowe.
Rowe even made it a point that one of her reasons for coming out was due to the alarming numbers of LGBTQ youth suicide. She was doing it for the benefit of her students who need role models.
“I care about this district and all our students and I care too much to remain silent any longer,” added Rowe. “As your superintendent, I tell you, no matter who you are, who you love, where you worship, if you worship, what your racial background is, what your disability status is, you have a safe space here. I will make no room for hate.” said Rowe.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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