October 10, 2021
-New York Post
Some Canadian parents want a heavy metal-loving high school principal to headbang her way to another job.
Parents at Eden High School in St. Catharines, Ontario launched a petition to remove Principal Sharon Burns because she is an unabashed fan of the legendary British band Iron Maiden.
More than 500 people have signed the appeal to transfer Burns after the metalhead posted a picture of a doll of the band’s zombie mascot Eddie, and a hand-drawn picture reading “666” on Instagram, according to the petition.
The number 666 is used to represent the devil, and is featured prominently in artwork by the band, known for albums like “The Number of the Beast.”
Burns’ post appeared to have been deleted from her IG account amid the anti-Antichrist blowback.
The “Aces High” loving administrator did note on her Twitter bio that she is “fueled by metal and ska.”
“As all communities and schools are supposed to be about kindness, EQUITY and INCLUSION, this displaying of Satanic symbols is mocking and isolating large segments of the community she works in and clearly is not upholding any of those values,” read the petition, which was created by parent Debbi Lynn, according to iHeart Radio.
The rift over hard-rock riffs didn’t end there. A dueling petition in support of the headbanging headmistress had garnered support from more than 15,000 people by Saturday night.
“It is ridiculous that a couple of parents only judge her role as a principal only based on an instagram post,” the author noted.
“She spreads nothing but love and kindness, and is probably one of the best and most enthusiastic principals the school has ever had.”
The “Satanic Panic” of the 1980’s may be making a comeback in North America.
The Lil Nas X video “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” which lampoons biblical imagery and features the openly gay rapper giving a lap dance to Lucifer, was denounced by conservative politicians and athletes earlier this year. The music video even prompted Nike to distance itself from the artist after he wore sneakers with a Bible verse referencing Satan inscribed on them.
“Our kids are being told that this kind of product is, not only okay, it’s ‘exclusive. But do you know what’s more exclusive? Their God-given eternal soul,” North Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem tweeted in March about the video.