Pagan Who’s who 6: Jerica Haynes

The Pagan Who’s who series contains information about current and recent notaries which have contributed to, or influenced the modern pagan scene.  Some names you may know already, some you may not, but all these people are dedicated and hard-working in their own particular specialised fields.  For pagan, spiritual, occult or faith matters who from the last generation influences and inspires you?

Compared with some of the big names we’ve read about recently, the name Jerica Haynes may not ring any kind of non-ecclesiastical bells, but she’s an important contributor to, and result of, the modern pagan attitudes to authority.  In 2008 in Pinkerton High School in Derry, New Hampshire, Jerica Haynes, a third generation wiccan, had prepared a presentation on her beliefs for Diversity Week.  The school was to allow her time to present it to the students, when some parents complained that the presentation would be inappropriate.  Accordingly, the school bowed to parental pressure and withdrew their offer, but Jerica was undeterred and asked the school to allow her to present her talk after school instead, the presentation to be reviewed by a committee before it was presented to the general student population.

So, when faced with authority and ignorance through a lack of understanding – something which I’m sure that many of you (like me) will have experienced first-hand, Jerica choose to work with the system instead of deriding it.  She chose to take the higher ground and offer compromise instead of accepting the insult.  For someone so young, and still in school, to which taking on her school’s attitude must have seemed a mighty task, she found a way that her information could still be heard, and helped people towards understanding and knowledge, instead of shutting it away.

Her story can be read HERE

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