Last week, Truth Wins Out started a petition that called on the Haywood County School District in Brownsville, Tenn., to fire high school principal Dorothy Bond for allegedly warning gay students that they were “not on God’s path.” Within hours, Bond resigned from her post.

The targets of our petition included school board members, such as Daniel Thornton. This is a letter Thornton sent back to one of the people who petitioned him to fire Bond:

Mr. _____,

Thank you for your email. I appreciate you taking the time to write about your concerns. Unfortunately, I don’t believe anything else will be  done. Haywood County, Tennessee has many issues bigger than this and they haven’t been dealt with either. The good ole boy system is alive and well in our community and has created a haven for the select to operate. Several have tried for a long time. They leave, forced to shut up, or are killed. I wanted to respond to your email so that you know it was received. I also wanted to give you more insight into our community.

Daniel Thornton

What exactly did he mean when he claimed, “Several have tried for a long time. They leave, forced to shut up, or are killed”?

Is this really happening in Haywood County? Are people being run of town and whacked for their beliefs?

I’m really not sure what to make of this letter, but it struck me as odd that a person on the school board would respond in such an alarming manner.