Antigay Survey a Fumble for Prep Football Coach

By Trudy Ring

Originally published on Advocate.com November 11 2011 3:25 PM ET

A high school football coach in Wyoming has resigned after giving his players a joke survey filled with homophobic and sexist language.

The Johnson County school board (pictured) in Buffalo this week accepted the resignation of head coach Pat Lynch, who had distributed the questionnaire, titled “Hurt Feelings Report,” before a playoff game last month, the Casper Star-Tribune reports. Lynch, however, will retain his guidance counselor position at Buffalo High School under administrative supervision.

The survey, under a list of reasons for hurt feelings, includes such choices as “I am a queer,” “I am a pussy,” “I am a little bitch,” and “I have woman like hormones.” It asks for the name of the “little sissy filing report” and his “girly-man signature,” plus the “real-man signature” of the person accused of causing hurt feelings.

Lynch “screwed up big time,” said district superintendent Rod Kessler. The incident, he added, is “a black eye to the district” and “a black eye to Pat.”

Still, Kessler and the board were supportive of Lynch remaining a counselor, a decision that has led to “some public outcry,” according to the Star-Tribune. “We’re going to work with Pat and have him continue doing the good things he was doing prior to this mistake,” Kessler said. “Our hope is that we can mend things we need to mend and gain back the trust and get the reputation that he needs to gain back as a professional.”

Lynch, who had coached his team to state championships in 2004 and 2005, submitted a letter of apology that was read at the board meeting, saying in part, “I know that this situation has caused you pain and discomfort, and for that I am truly sorry.” However, Wayne Jensen, who has a son on the football team, said Lynch should have apologized directly to the players.

“Everybody should be accountable for their actions,” Jensen told the Star-Tribune. “He came out with a letter and apologized to the school board. Well, I never heard one mention of the kids.”