A male teacher has been shamed for wearing makeup by online trolls.
Nick Popadich, from Michigan, teaches English at Grand Blanc High School and, during Pride Month, he wears colourful makeup.
Although the majority of students and parents have been supportive, one local resident has taken to the community Facebook page Grand Blanc Residents Uncensored and shamed his rainbow looks.
They questioned: “Is it true this man teaches at Grand Blanc High School?
“This is not acceptable as a role model for kids easily influenced.”
Fortunately, the teacher was backed up by his small community and many took to his defence.
One person responded to the post: “Say you’re homophobic without saying you’re homophobic.”
A second – who used to be Popadich’s student – wrote: “We live in a time where self expression and self-love is not always applauded, a world where oppression and close-mindedness has always taken the lead.
“It is so important that we remind the world and our youth that it’s OK to be different. It’s OK to be you… Nick Popadich has been highly (positively) influential for many former GB students including myself.”
The former student then said that they feel ‘forever grateful’ for Popadich being their teacher, adding: “The former post which has now been deleted represents the ugliness that sadly still exists in the world, but the love and support in the comments was a reminder of the difficult (but necessary) work that’s been done and the direction we’re headed.
“Nick Popadich represents individuality, self-love, diversity, and uniqueness. They continue to create a safe space and be a safe person for all students and I think it’s important to spotlight on that and give credit where it’s due.”
Although Popadich didn’t see the cruel comment himself, he told WJRT: “I got all these texts that were warning me like, ‘Nick, you gotta check this out. Somebody’s bashing you on social media’.”
The teacher then explained that he feels makeup is a form of expression and he hopes to be a ‘role model’ to kids struggling with their sexuality.
He added: “Teachers need to represent every student. And we have plenty of people that look a certain way, but we also need to have other people that are going to be there for kids and be a role model for kids that do feel differently or are going to express themselves in a different way.”
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