Pennsylvania’s Downingtown STEM Academy Assistant Principal Zach Ruff is in hot water after he was filmed attempting to censor two students practicing their 1st amendment right to voice their opinions on the pro-life issue. Worse, Ruff berated, insulted and cursed at the students while they peacefully stood on a public sidewalk with their pro-life signs.
Ruff, who proclaimed that he is “gay as the day is long” during his unnecessary and uncalled for confrontation with the students, also got into it with an individual passing by to support the students and their right to free speech.
The students are 16-year-old Conner Haines and his 19-year-old sister Lauren. The video they shot makes clear they didn’t provoke Ruff, nor did they do anything to warrant such treatment.
The school released a statement saying Ruff has been placed on administrative leave.
On Wednesday evening we became aware of a confrontation that took place on a sidewalk outside the STEM Academy at the end of the school day on April 21, 2017 involving one of our staff members and two protesters. The argument was captured on film. We have begun a thorough investigation into this unfortunate situation and have placed the staff member on administrative leave. We do not condone or support the conduct expressed in the video and are deeply disappointed that this incident occurred. His conduct does not represent the values of the school district or the respect we expect our employees to show for the civil rights of others. This has now become a personnel matter and we must follow the policies and procedures that we have in place concerning staff issues. We truly apologize to all for the actions of this employee.