SOUTH KINGSTOWN — Kathleen Schlenz of Peace Dale knew something was wrong when her daughter, Anna, arrived home from school Friday.
The Rev. Francis “Rocky” Hoffman, a priest of Opus Dei, an orthodox division of the Roman Catholic Church, and executive director and radio host of Relevant Radio, a Catholic radio network that broadcasts on 33 stations in 13 states and online, had spoken to a school-wide assembly at The Prout School, where Anna is a junior. The speech was being taped to be broadcast on Relevant Radio at a later date.
“She was most upset about the divisive and offensive language regarding divorce, homosexuality and even adoption,” Kathleen Schlenz said. “None of the parents or faculty knew it was being taped to be aired. They were essentially held hostage and told to clap after this man’s responses to questions, even when they didn’t agree with them.”
Father Hoffman was on retreat and unavailable for comment before the Independent went to press Wednesday.
On April 10, parents received a letter of apology from Principal David Carradini since Friday. In the new letter, Carradini announced he would not resign.
“People in our community are calling for my resignation, seeing in this event the culmination of frustration with my leadership,” Carradini wrote in the April 10 letter. ”I have taken this call very seriously, deliberating with myself for days and seeking counsel from others. I sincerely believe that my resignation as Principal is not in the best interests of The Prout School. I have this discussed this option with diocesan officials and they, too, believe that I should continue in my position as the leader of our School.”
Psyched somebody in the public education sector has some balls. This is so minor. Our vice principal in eighth grade told us to stop “grabbing other mens boobs” and giving each other “the titty twister” cause we had a “chemical imbalance”. And most of us just found it ridiculous cause, like you can’t just openly hate gays. It’s incomprehensibly ignorant with the shift towards acceptance of the homosexual community that has happened in the past few years. I bet most students just laughed this guy off like uh, dude you can’t say this shit. But if this seriously bothered you, be a liiiiittle mentally tougher. Formulate your own opinions and ignore ones that don’t appeal to you. Whining and bitching about this guy is only going to give him more press as he is appealing to a certain demographic and they’re going to have the same opinions and most likely be really fat and really religious and be from the middle of the country and probably had an IEP and are probably more likely to get diabetes. So nut up Prout. Plus how could you want this guy to resign, his suit game is fuegy montana. And the hydrangeas, to die for, even fucks up the floral arrangement game. Hero.