Missouri Rep. Kevin Elmer Calls Nixa Schools 'Failure' for Gay-Straight Alliance T-Shirt

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Missouri Rep. Kevin Elmer tweeted this photo on Oct. 17 with this caption: "Nixa Schools failure. HS students working elementary school book fair in gay t-shirts."
Missouri Rep. Kevin Elmer, R-Nixa, snapped a photo of a teen girl's chest and tweeted it last week because he was offended by her Nixa High School gay-straight alliance t-shirt.

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Missouri Rep. Kevin Elmer, R-Nixa
Double trouble: He tweeted the photo on October 17, which is Spirit Day, a three-year-old holiday dedicated to celebrating LGBTQ folks and ending homophobic abuse and bullying.

A.J. Bockelman, executive director at PROMO Missouri, says Elmer's tweet is bullying. "He's trying to call out an entire class of students who are gay or lesbian, or perceived to be or support gay or lesbian students, and trying to put them on trial for being supportive in their school."

Elmer did not immediately return phone calls from the Daily RFT, but the tweet was deleted from his account over the weekend.

See also: LGBT Bullying: Why Does Rep. Sue Allen Oppose Specific Protections for Gay Students?

Elmer was attending parent-teacher conferences at Mathews Elementary School in Nixa, which is outside Springfield, when he saw the shirt on a Nixa High School student working the adjoining book fair. He tweeted her photo with the caption: "Nixa Schools failure. HS students working elementary school book fair in gay t-shirts."

The shirt, based on a collaboration of student designs, features three couples -- two men, two women and a man and woman pair -- above the word "Harmony" in purple, a color closely associated with the LGBTQ community.

Nixa High School's gay-straight alliance, a student club dedicated to promoting understanding of queer issues, has been on and off for several years, says Nixa Public Schools spoksesman Zac Rantz, but the club reorganized last year and has 120 members, almost 10 percent of the 1,800 student population.

"This isn't just one or two students in a small rural school," Bockelman says.

Continue on for the Twitterverse's reaction to Elmer. Hint: The tweeps aren't happy.

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ThatsMyTattooo
ThatsMyTattooo

Sad to think that a t-shirt's message of love, unity, & understanding can draw such hate from such a useless, epic failure of a human being. I guess he's lucky there are no "Fat Redneck" hate groups or he'd be getting smeared! Go back to your little hole in the ground Elmer Dud, you worthless lump of drivel. 

Nikki Olden Moungo
Nikki Olden Moungo

What an epic POS for a human being. More of that fine old MO GOP shining through. News flash Elmer: The Dark Ages Are O.V.E.R. Get a life pigvomit, and stop picking on little girls you worthless slime.

Rachel Bray
Rachel Bray

I actually have this shirt except where her's says "Harmony," mine says "Love is Love." Elmer should be ashamed of himself, this girl is standing up for what she believes in, and I admire her courage!

Lloyd Henry
Lloyd Henry

How many Republicans have denounced his actions?

Kelly O'Connor
Kelly O'Connor

I cannot believe HE took the picture and TWEETed it! What a backward, racist idiot.

Charli Bridgewater
Charli Bridgewater

Ignorance flourishes everywhere, too bad our elected officials are not immune

Dia Bandroom
Dia Bandroom

Grow up ? Ok I will leave that one alone. Point is this (for anybody who missed it),,,,,if you want to exploit anybody/anything for your own personal agenda, then get ready for the back lash. You want to come at kids for any reason ? Be ready. The kids have parents, and some of us parents will make you swallow your personal agenda (beliefs etc) with a nice dose of reality when you use our kids to make your point.

Leslee Brown
Leslee Brown

Look Elmer Fudd maybe needs to go back to his cave and stay there

Jennifer Krupp
Jennifer Krupp

And yet you can't because you can't see her face. Grow up people. "Picture of her chest." It's a shirt. In public.

Michael Tatalovich
Michael Tatalovich

I am of the opinion that most if not all politicians are idiots! However that being said it is hard to take a pic of someones t-shirt that they are waring and no get their chest in it, so Obviously HE WAS TAKING A PICTURE OF THE T-SHIRT! Only the people that find it creepy are thinking creepy thoughts about girls chests! That being said he is obviously in the category of an idiot politician when it comes to being in touch with the world around him, as are most people!

Jeff Furlow
Jeff Furlow

Nothing like alienating future voters early!

Dia Bandroom
Dia Bandroom

If that was my daughter, or son for that matter, I would have him in court so fast......I agree with Brandon. You want to make waves ? You better know how to surf then, you jerk.

Twana Wangler
Twana Wangler

Talk about epic failure! What an uptight, judgmental republican idiot!

Matt Laws
Matt Laws

what a typical dumb-ass...grow up dude.

Greg Hahne
Greg Hahne

Im sure that's not the only pics of young girls he has in his collection!

Chris DiMercurio
Chris DiMercurio

People like this guy often have gay scandals come out later...

Brandon McCann
Brandon McCann

What an idiot. He should be charged for posting a photo of that girls chest

Jim Phillips
Jim Phillips

Elmer is pretty typical of what we have in Jefferson City.

Mo Gsa Staffer
Mo Gsa Staffer

Great Quotes from the Students on the 2page of this article.

Russ Squeaky
Russ Squeaky

Kevin Elmer is begging to be voted out. Pun intended.

smdrpepper
smdrpepper topcommenter

The GOP is still producing Luddites I see..

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

@Michael Tatalovich , the activists have learn it is effective to run a smear campaign. Never let the facts get in the way of smearing the reputation of someone you politically oppose. Yet this activists preach tolerance? Go figure that one.

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

@Dia Bandroom , think before running to the courts. Your daughter would be thrust into the circus of the media because you decided you did not like this man's politics. Great parenting job. Besides which, he did not post anything identifying her, just that he felt her shirt was inappropriate. People have rights to express their opinions. And those rights not only include commenting on what your daughter wears, but also includes what they think of you as a parent. It is not a good idea to wage wars. It is far better to offer a guiding hand, than a slap across the face.

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

@Twana Wangler, but you are not being judgmental about republicans, right? I find as many Democrats judging others as I do Republicans. For the record I am neither a Democrat or a member of the GOP.

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