In an interesting case of what could be termed ‘reverse bullying’, Howell, MI high school teacher Jay McDowell has been suspended from his job for one day, without pay, for ejecting a student for anti-gay remarks. The student’s comment came after McDowell asked a student to remove her Confederate Flag belt buckle. The school has been dealing with issues over a student Facebook group which promoted the Ku Klux Klan. The Confederate Flag was their symbol. So Jay McDowell was acting within school policy, if somewhat based on his interpretation, by asking the student to remove the CSA belt buckle. However when another student questioned McDowell for wearing a an anti-bullying gay pride teeshirt, emblazoned with the LGBT rainbow symbol, McDowell ejected the student from class. The student’s offending remark was “I don’t accept gays. It’s against my religion”. ACLU LGBT Legal attorney praised Jay McDowell for his support of gay rights and anti-bullying, but stated that ejecting the student, McDowell’s did interfere with the student’s protected freedom of speech.