Posted BY: | NwoReport
The controversy surrounding the appointment of Shane Murnan, also known as “Shantel Mandalay” in the drag community, as the principal of John Glenn Elementary School in Oklahoma City has sparked a heated debate. Murnan’s past arrest in 2002 on child pornography charges has resurfaced, leading to concerns and calls for his immediate termination from his new role.
In 2002, Murnan faced legal troubles while working as a fifth-grade teacher when he was arrested for alleged child pornography possession. However, the case was eventually dismissed due to insufficient evidence to prove that the individuals in the images were minors. Despite this legal outcome, the controversy surrounding his past actions has lingered.
Murnan’s involvement in drag queen story hours, where he interacts with children dressed in drag, has fueled the fire. Oklahoma State Superintendent Ryan Walters has vehemently opposed Murnan’s appointment, citing concerns about the perceived ideological alignment and gender theory promotion in schools.
Walters stated, “It’s outrageous to have a drag queen running a school, you know, here in Oklahoma that doesn’t line up with Oklahoma values.” He expressed his commitment to safeguarding children from exposure to inappropriate content at school.
However, the school district defended its decision, emphasizing Murnan’s extensive educational background and qualifications, which include a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership and Administration. They highlighted that Murnan’s previous charges were dismissed more than 20 years ago, and his record has been expunged.
The situation remains divisive, with Murnan’s supporters highlighting his qualifications and the legal resolution of his past charges, while critics, led by Superintendent Walters, continue to call for his removal. The controversy continues, with the next school board meeting scheduled for September 11, 2023, at Council Grove Elementary School. Ultimately, the fate of Shane Murnan as the principal of John Glenn Elementary School will likely depend on the outcome of ongoing discussions and investigations within the Western Heights Public Schools district.