Anti-LGBT Buddy Collins, five other nominees, confirmed as new State Board of Education members

In a joint session in the House chamber yesterday, six of Gov. McCrory’s picks to serve on the State Board of Education were confirmed by the General Assembly, including A.L. “Buddy” Collins, who was exposed for his history of opposing efforts to protect LGBT students against bullying.

Collins, who was seated in the gallery to accept his inevitable confirmation, watched the debate below as Rep. Luebke (D-Durham) brought forth an amendment to remove his name from the list of nominees. Luebke cited the bi-partisan school safety legislation before the assembly and said “Mr. Collins does not care about the safety of all young people.”

According to the Huffington Post, when Collins sat on the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School Board he always opposed any type of policies that would specifically protect LGBT students from bullying. Collins also published a column in 2002 in the Winston-Salem Journal that said while all students should be protected from bullying, he would not endorse any policy that embraced the sexual practices of LGBT students. Pro-LGBT Equality NC called for McCrory to renege his nominee, to no avail.

Luebke’s amendment did not pass although he did have several supporters.

Collins has a blog, called “Hiking with a Fat Bald White Guy.” You can also read about his stance on various education policies in this profile.

Immediately following the joint session, the State Board of Education held their monthly meeting Wednesday and Thursday. Collins was elected vice chair of the Board. Former North Carolina congressman and state Republican Party chief Bill Cobey was elected chairman.

The list of new board members is as follows:

Greg Alcorn, Salisbury
Bill Cobey, Durham
A.L. “Buddy” Collins, Kernersville
Olivia Oxendine, Lumberton
Marcella Ramirez Savage, Union County
Becky Taylor, Greenville

5 Comments

  1. Doug

    April 4, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    So we have to have some special right for LGTPBAOPN students? A bullying law is a bullying law either way. What if the LGBTSSDFNO group bullies someone not in their chosen lifestyle acronym? Is there a reverse law to apply back to them? For a group that purports to be for equal rights for all you need to admit that you are only for equal rights for your chosen people. Just make the laws and policy tough enough to encompass any bullying situation since it is just as heinous whether it is to a normal student or some “chosen” class.

  2. Melinda

    April 4, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Doug, the fact that you refer to “normal” students (vs. “abnormal” ones?) kind of proves the point that LGBT students are often singled out for bullying based on their sexual orientation. (By kids AND adults.)

  3. david esmay

    April 4, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Doug the troll, did you not read Collins’ comments? He thinks it’s okay to bully kids who’s sexual orientation doesn’t jibe with his narrow definition of morality.

  4. Randy

    April 4, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    David: it says no such thing in this article. In fact it says just the opposite: “Collins also published a column in 2002 in the Winston-Salem Journal that said while all students should be protected from bullying….”

    Who’s the troll here?

  5. david esmay

    April 5, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    I’m sorry Randy, I should have called Collins article a homophobic diatribe filled with b.s., my bad.