Xavier flier called 'sexist' and 'racist'

Posted at 10:56 PM, May 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-12 01:56:41-04

“Racist” and “sexist” is how many Xavier College Prep alumni are explaining a pamphlet that was handed out in a girl’s theology class. It prompted one graduate of the school to start a petition to have the teacher fired.

The flier compares abortion and Planned Parenthood to the Ku Klux Klan. It says “The Ku Klux Klan would be very happy with the large number of black babies murdered in the womb.”

“I think that this goes far beyond anything that should be taught in a catholic school because this is just pure racist and sexist propaganda,” said Peg Perl who started the petition and graduated from the school in 1993.

People sounded off on the petition’s website. Many said Gavin Ahern, who passed out the paper, has a history of similar behavior.

“In the four years of theology I took, we talked about all sorts of these issues, but it was never in a way that was shaming for women,” said Perl. “It was never filled with hate for people and it was certainly never filled with racism.”

ABC15 has called the school, but they have not yet sent a comment to the newsroom.

Perl says she has exceeded her goal of 5,000 signatures and plans to hand them into the school this week.