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Ex-principal who berated pro-life teen protesters says he’s now subjected to harassment

The now-former assistant principal of a Pennsylvania magnet school who was caught on video berating a pair of pro-life teenagers during dismissal time claims he’s been subjected to harassment since his resignation.

Zach Ruff had confronted the teens outside of the Downingtown STEM Academy back on April 21 telling them they “can go to hell or they (the fetuses) ought to,” and “go get a freakin’ life.”

“They’re not children! They’re cells!” Ruff continued, followed by “GO HOME!” and “I don’t give an (expletive) what Jesus tells me about what I should and should not be doing.”

The district superintendent deemed Ruff’s behavior “illegal” and he was placed on leave. He eventually resigned.

According to Philly.com, Ruff and his husband claim they’ve been subjected to attacks on social media, “been photographed by strangers, and [have] watched cars drive slowly past their house.”

In addition, last week “someone banged on their front door and windows hard enough to shake pictures off the wall.”

Ruff and husband Logan avoid going out locally, opting to eat out and shop in nearby Delaware or Philadelphia. They say they’re “not looking for anything from the district” nor “anything from anybody.”

“We’d like to be left alone, so we can heal and move on.”

From the story:

During a two-hour interview, both teared up frequently, Ruff verging on sobs. He said he takes several medications, sees a therapist twice weekly, and rarely leaves the house without Logan. …

Mostly, they want people to know that Ruff has suffered from anxiety and depression since he was a teenager growing up in Vermont, where, he said, he was abused at home, was hospitalized for two months after attempting suicide at 17, then set out on his own. …

Ruff said that in the months prior to the incident, his job at STEM had become more stressful. Once he even suffered an anxiety attack over a computer glitch that occurred while students were taking the Keystone Exams, and wound up on the floor in an office. Afterward, he said, headmaster Art Campbell, whom he had considered a friend, remarked in front of other staff that Ruff should wear Xanax around his neck like a candy necklace.

He was given increasingly more responsibility without any clear direction and  even sought another job in the district, he said.

On the day of the protests, Ruff said, the principal was away on a school trip and Mike Sheehan, dean of curriculum and instruction, asked him to deal with the situation. Sheehan also put in a call to assistant superintendent Robert Reed for guidance.

“I was there to protect the students,” Ruff said. “I wanted them [the protesters] to engage with me instead of the students.”

Ruff says he learned Sheehan had received word that the pro-life teens were permitted to protest, but “wonders why no one came outside to tell him that, or to intervene when they saw the confrontation escalating.”

Two hundred applications sent out last summer did not land him a new teaching/administrative gig, and now Ruff wonders if his career in education is at an end.

Read the full article.

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  • Ann D

    Bwahahaha. Idiot.

  • Summerwarmth

    And he thinks this interview is going to influence anyone to hire him and let him around kids – totally crazy

  • sardiverdave

    This jerk is trying awfully hard to become the victim in this.

    I truly doubt anyone is actually harassing him about this incident, though.

  • Byrd Westbrook

    Zach Ruff is just a bunch of moronic cells.

  • bourbon_neat

    Actually, he was confronted by a parent, and he basically told that guy to f— off, too. Poor Ruff; he was only a complete nightmare to those pro-life teens (who were respectful and perfectly within their rights to be there) because he’s such a victim. Glad he’s gone from that school.

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    • sardiverdave

      We obviously failed Mr. Ruff. We should atone for this.


      • Tatiana Covington

        Nah, let’s pile it on. For the laughs if nothing else.

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  • Hughlon Thornbury

    So Mrs. Zach Ruff is a real bad-ass when it comes to harassing teenagers, but “her” courage vanishes when it comes to facing the public reaction at “her” insane behavior.

  • vcmof3

    “Wait, I’m the victim”…

  • Don walsh

    He and his “husband” can go commiserate with the guys who thought it was acceptable to harass and intimidate Ivanka Trump and her kid, paid customers on a commercial airline. Someone should point out to these crybullies that their entitlement stops at the out side of their clothes.If you have a “right” to open your screaming yap, I have a right to defend myself.

  • beefrank

    He’s a queen?! Figures.

  • Roosevelt ruined everything

    “Ruff and his husband”

    I didn’t need to read past this part. It is not that I care that he is gay….it just explains the rest of the story.

  • James

    As much as dislike SJWs I think it’s a little over the top if people are continuing to harass this guy (if it’s true). He f’ed up and lost his job, so as far as I’m concerned he’s paid the price.

    • carrabelle

      How long of a memory should KARMA possess?

  • Nature Freak

    The ex-principal has decided to embrace victimhood in all its glory. I wonder how much of this ‘harassment’ is paranoia on his part. If you think everyone is out to get you, someone simply selling a product and knocking on your door, or an individual driving slow while looking for an address, may seem to the ex principal like someone out to get him.

    • Rowenna

      No way to know. Two things are clear;

      1) Leftists are willing to lie to make themselves the victim

      2) There are those who consider themselves on the right who have the mentality of the left.

      I have seen too many folks on comment sections who clearly identify as right-wing or even conservative who reflect the same mentality of anger, bitterness, vengence etc that we see in SJWs. I wish it weren’t so but they are basically the same kind of person and have just picked a different ‘team’.

      So I wouldn’t be surprised if he was targetted by someone or a small group of someone’s who think it acceptable to give the left a ‘taste of their own medicine’… but you are right, it could just as easily be paranoia on his part (he is clearly unstable) or perhaps a little of one and a lot of the other.

      If anyone is harrassing him however they need to stop – two wrongs don’t make a right etc.

  • Nature Freak

    So if his job was so stressful, why didn’t he leave for a less stressful one?

    And why are so many gays and transgenders so emo, so mentally unstable and suicidal? And no, I dont think in most cases it originates from discrimination. Something else is going on in the gay left.

    • Jonney Quest

      They are more prevalent in those positions because they take social courses as part of their college careers. Seems fairly common that people who talk and act out more take up those professions in society.

  • matt10023

    His actions were wrong, and so is any harassment. America is becoming a very mean place.

  • KeenIncite

    I hope Ruff gets the psychiatric and spiritual counseling he so desperately needs, but in the meantime, he has no business being around children or being in a position of authority. His upbringing more than explains his homosexual orientation.

  • Orwell21

    Ha, Ha Ha! If you are gonna give, then expect to get it in return! The days where Conservatives can be bullied are OVER. As the left like to say, We Woke!

  • Tatiana Covington

    Can’t take it? Don’t dish it out.

  • tonyome

    Why are liberals always shocked, after they violently attack or harass people, that people will fight back against them?

  • david smith

    Gay people are sometimes unglued. We have a male gay couple in the family. One heard the word “Trump” at Thanksgiving and was literally triggered, I almost had to ask him to leave. His “wife” told me Pence believes gays can be cured and they feared being “rounded up”.