Anyone who reads this blog probably knows some stuff about me. I’m a First Amendment lawyer. I’m a conservative. I’m even openly Christian.
As you’re probably also aware, this video has taken the internet by storm, straight from my hometown of Downingtown, PA:
As a result of the incident, Zach Ruff has resigned from his job as an assistant principal from Downingtown, where he worked for about 14 years.
Am I happy with his resignation?
No. Not at all.
“But Jordan, you’re totally against abortion!! How can you support this guy? And he hates the First Amendment!! That guy would have put a loud mouth like you in detention for 10 years! Probably Saturday detention!”
Yeah, I get it.
But at least Ruff stands for something. Even something I disagree with. I was actually pretty sad about his resignation, and decided to write Ruff an email…
I’m a conservative Christian who went to Downingtown High. That said, your resignation deeply saddened me. I am very sorry to see you stop serving our student community over this incident.
I think the YouTube video unequivocally showed you care about your students, your beliefs, and standing for something. That’s more than just about every other educator, save a select few, can say.
I wanted to watch the video and think “Wow, this is the type of guy I would never want to associate with. He’s just who is just a big bully!” But when I actually watched the video, all I could think is “this is a man who cares deeply about his students.”
You struck me as an educator who actually gives a damn.
Sure, those kids had a right to be out there and protest. I don’t disagree. But it also came off like you were also doing what you thought was in the best interest of your students.
Faced in the same situation, most Downingtown administrators I remember would have gotten in their car, gone home for the day, and turned on the television. In fact, that is exactly what your colleagues did. But you didn’t do that. You went outside and stood for what you thought was right. Yet now you’re out of a job. And I think that sucks.
While we disagree politically, I’d rather have a school administrator display courage than apathy. You stood for something rather than nothing. That’s more than most, and it’s what inspires students to to do more than “what’s expected” of them. That’s the type of moxie that makes young people want to do great deeds.
I wish there were more administrators like you when I went to Downingtown. We’d of probably of argued until the sun went down, but I’d have also probably thought that Mr. Ruff made me think a lot.
I hope you can continue your public service and continue to expand the minds of young people.
Even those who might disagree with you.
I’d rather see educators willing to stand for something, anything, than just sitting back and being be afraid to express themselves. Anyone can sit at home and play Nintendo.
In the same vein, I am also very impressed with Connor and Lauren Haines, who had the courage to express their own views on abortion.
However, I am less than thrilled with a good educator being fired over this incident. Most educators are I grew up with were apathetic. At least Ruff gives a damn about something, and enough to stand up for it. I want a guy like that teaching kids to stand for things.
While my Catholic beliefs will always remain vehemently opposed to abortion, I respect any educator who encourages his students to stand up and speak out.
Even against things I disagree with.
Ruff is the kind of educator who inspires kids like Connor and Lauren Haines to take their opinions to public sidewalks in the first place.
Good on him, and good on them.