A controversial handout given to students looks like something from the 1960's; it references the KKK, abortion, and black genocide. Believe it or not, it's being handed out to students at Xavier College Preparatory School in Phoenix. And parents and alumni are furious. They've started a petition to get rid of the teacher using the material in his classroom.
Gavin Ahern has taught theology classes at Xavier College Prep since 2002 and has been a moderator for the schools "Right to Life" club. But he's found himself at the center of a growing controversy after handing out an anti-abortion flier to students titled "Black Genocide" which some Xavier alumni say was out of bounds.
"It immediately struck me as racist and sexist and completely out of line with anything a teacher in a position of authority should be dealing with in class," said Peg Perl.
Perl graduated from Xavier in 1993 and over the weekend started a petition calling for Ahern to be fired. The petition has over 4,000 signatures with many current and former students leaving comments.
"Seeing those comments and knowing this is something that has been going on for a while has really convinced me that setting up this petition as a place for people to tell their stories is the right thing to do," said Perl.
Xavier issued a statement standing by the teacher saying. "We encourage our faculty and students to explore these often controversial issues and to participate in this healthy and constructive process. Xavier will not allow the threat of controversy to intimidate our teachers, counselors, and administrators from discussing these important controversial issues, nor silence us in our duty to impart the values of our faith to the young women entrusted to our care."