School Administrator Who Cursed at Teens Sharing Abortion Abolition Message on Sidewalk Resigns

DOWNINGTOWN, Pa. — The Pennsylvania school administrator who was recorded on camera cursing out two teenage abortion abolitionists last month as they held signs on the public sidewalk has resigned.

Zach Ruff had been on leave from Downingtown STEM Academy since the incident went public, as the Downingtown Area School District decried his behavior as being unacceptable. Ruffs has now admitted his wrong according to a statement from the district.

“In reviewing the video, Dr. Ruff knew that the conduct he displayed was not representative of who he is and was not representative of the kind of educational leader he prided himself on being. Dr. Ruff has acknowledged that the demonstrators had a right to be on a public sidewalk. He acknowledged that his conduct cannot be defended or condoned and he deeply regretted his actions as displayed on the video,” it said.

As previously reported, the incident occurred on April 21 as homeschooler Conner Haines, 16, and his sister Lauren, 19, held signs outside the school that bore messages both about preborn babies and salvation in Christ. However, they were soon approached by Ruff, who took issue with the subject matter and became irate.

He told the Haines’ to leave, but they refused, citing that they were simply engaging in free speech on a public sidewalk.

“These are the people who are being murdered. Sir, these are image bearers of God,” Connor Haines told the dean of academics and student life.

“You can go to Hell where they are, too,” Ruff responded. “They’re not children. They’re cells.”

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When Haines urged Ruff to look to Christ, he began to laugh and replied, “I’m as gay as the day is long and twice as sunny. I don’t give a [expletive] what you think Jesus tells me and what I should and should not be doing.”

During the encounter, Ruff also began showily dancing and singing “I Love a Parade” so as to keep students who were leaving for the day from seeing the teens’ signs. He also said angrily with a pointy finger, “Shut your mouth and don’t talk to my students.”

While many were shocked by Ruff’s behavior, some students launched a supportive petition drive after he was placed on leave. The online effort, which generated over 50,000 signatures, contended that Ruffs is a “crucial and valuable member of the STEM community” and that students “do not want him to lose his job over this incident.”

However, Ruff decided to resign this week in acknowledging his wrongdoing, and the district likewise publicly declared that the teens had a right to engage in free speech on the public sidewalk just as much as anyone else.

“This school district will not interfere with the rights of anyone to express themselves, as those U.S. Constitutional 1st Amendment rights are established in law,” it said in a statement. “The Downingtown Area School District has policies that comply with all legal requirements, including compliance with the First Amendment. The two demonstrators had a right to be on a public sidewalk and a legal right to speak there as well.”

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  • bowie1

    Okay. Perhaps this is a chance for Mr. Ruff to learn a lesson about freedom of speech.

    • Chris

      Wasn’t he using his freedom of speech? The only problem I have with his actions is that a teacher needs to set an example. That being the case he shouldn’t have lost control speaking to the students.

      • Amos Moses

        no … he was on the schools time and his comments are as a school official …….. and he assaulted them …………. and he did say he would call the police ….. the Haines’ challenged him to do so ….. and he did not call ………….

      • Scooter

        No-the “only problem” is not that he set a bad example by losing control but rather by advocating an immoral lifestyle-homosexuality, by denouncing Christ and thereby attacking the youth’s faith and by denying real science (the babies are nothing but cells nonsense).

        • Chris

          “No-the “only problem” is not that he set a bad example by losing control
          but rather by advocating an immoral lifestyle-homosexuality,…”

          Sorry but the US is NOT a theocracy. It is NOT the job of principles to enforce fundie Christian interpretations of the bible.

          “…by
          denouncing Christ and thereby attacking the youth’s faith and by denying
          real science (the babies are nothing but cells nonsense).”

          What utter rot. Christ wan’t denounced. And whether cells are human beings depend upon your starting point.

          For example I would argue that since people are pronounced a dead human being when their brain is no longer functioning then they should be pronounced a living human being when their brain BEGINS to function.

      • eddie333

        You can’t use your “freedom of speech” to bully someone else out of their “freedom of speech.” That is called censorship.

        • Chris

          If someone is using the speech to drown out another or using it to threaten then I’d agree with you. Merely expressing yourself by swearing isn’t censoring anyone. It isn’t stopping their opponent from replying.

  • Amos Moses

    So even in mr ruffs blasphemy …… someone showed him some grace ….. Christ is good ……

    • eddie333

      Notice how the kids kept their cool and maintained a respectful tone toward the bully. It was the adult who had the meltdown. Kudos to the kids and the parents who raised them. And glory to God!

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Educators should cherish all children’s life including the unborns. To do otherwise is evil.

  • james blue

    I found the tone of his confrontation unwarranted, however I go by the rule of leave unaccompanied minors alone (the message is irrelevant to this) and agree with his point about it being a school and they should be protesting outside planned parenthood instead.

    • Amos Moses

      ‘merica has a free speech zone ….. it starts on the east coast and the Atlantic ….. and it extends to the west coast and the Pacific …………. so anywhere in between those two points ….. you are free to speak ………….

      • james blue

        You have no personal limits on appropriate time, place or audience? If a strip club had scantily clad strippers with graphic pictures encouraging sex outside a school you’d defend the strippers over the principle telling them to stay away from his unaccompanied students?

        • Amos Moses

          “You have no personal limits on appropriate time, place or audience?

          they defend and encourage sex …. INSIDE the school …… and then abortion to fix any problems …… so not sure what your point is ………

          • james blue

            It’s a simple point. You called “free speech”– well their free speech rights were not violated, they stayed there and continued. Free speech doesn’t mean immunity from interruption or freedom from criticism.

            I’m all for free speech, I will defend the right to speak no matter the content, that doesn’t mean I am unable to opine on appropriateness of what is said and where to say it.

            So would you support the strippers or the principle?

          • Amos Moses

            “their free speech rights were not violated”

            mr ruff had said he would call the police, he did not, he knew he was wrong and he never called ….. he took it upon himself disrupt …. that is not his job …. and if you watch the video, he assaulted them and acted unprofessionally ……. so yes …. their rights WERE violated because they were ASSAULTED …….. and ruff should have been summarily fired for the assault ………. but for some christian grace shown him and allowing him to resign ………… your straw man argument is ignored ………..

          • james blue

            I refer you to the post you replied to.

            It’s only a “strawman” because you know I’m right.

          • Amos Moses

            its only a strawman because there were no strippers ….. it is a strawman …….. FAIL ………… the only person talking about strippers is you ….. AFTER the fact ……… FAIL …………..

          • james blue

            I didn’t say there was. I used the word “If”.

            The strippers question was in regards to what YOU wrote. Do you stand by your “free speech zone” comment or is it situational depending on if you like the speech??

          • Amos Moses

            the statement stands

          • Parodyx

            The statement fails.

          • Amos Moses

            nope … you failed ………..

          • Amos Moses

            “I found the tone of his confrontation unwarranted, however I go by the rule of leave unaccompanied minors alone (the message is irrelevant to this) and agree with his point about it being a school and they should be protesting outside planned parenthood instead.”

            no strippers there ……….. FAIL ….. strawman ….. FAIL ………..

          • james blue

            The strippers question was in regards to what YOU wrote. Do you stand by your “free speech zone” comment or is it situational depending on if you like the speech?

          • Amos Moses

            4:30 “you are not going to talk to my students while I am here” – infringement of rights …
            5:30 the assault occurs …….

            in the video above ………..

          • eddie333

            The adult made a major effort to bully the kids out of their freedom of speech. You can’t use your freedom of speech to censor others.

          • james blue

            Actually you can. I can stand on a corner orating a message and you can stand next to me and shout over. It just makes you a d-bag.

            The 1st amendment only protects us from government infringement on our speech, it doesn’t protect us from the private sector.

  • InTheChurch

    Bye Felicia!!!!!

  • Malleus

    Why are homosexuals even allowed to teach? It’s like allowing foxes to teach chickens. The list of gay men who prey on their students would fill up a phone book.

    • Chris

      Yes. Kick out all homosexual teachers because Malleus finds them icky. Isn’t that what you mean?

    • yabruf

      Because we live in a wicked society that panders to perverts.

  • Don Brenner

    This video shows how much hate is out there for Christians.

  • Scott Davenport

    I kinda wanted to read that a real man stepped up, put a foot up his ass, and watched him run away crying like the girl impersonator he is……..

  • Chet

    Always plenty of work to be had in Hollywood…

  • peanut butter

    Good enough. He decided to leave on his own instead of getting thrown out on his keister.