Thursday, May 15, 2008

NOTE TO STUDENTS: It’s ok to sport the Confederate flag, but you’re suspended if you wear rainbows

Oh for crying out loud. How in the hell does someone as stupid and homophobic as this High School principal even get a job? This putrid little man’s answer to a lesbian student’s complaint of being harassed was to intimidate, censor, and suspend any students who showed support for their fellow gay and lesbian students:

The case came about after Heather Gillman and other students approached the ACLU about an atmosphere in which students say they were routinely intimidated by school officials for things like writing “gay pride” on their arms and notebooks or wearing rainbow-themed clothing. According to students, problems began in September of 2007 when a lesbian student tried to report to school officials that she was being harassed by other students because she is a lesbian.

So it took a “straight” and very brave 17 year old girl to stand up to the school and the principal by suing:

17 year old Heather Gillman, a junior at Ponce De Leon High School has won her suit against the school’s principal and the Holmes County School Board. She says the school forbids students from wearing clothing or putting stickers on their books that show support for the fair treatment of gays and lesbians. Gillman says that’s a violation of her First Amendment Rights.

And why do you think Ponce de Leon High School’s principal David Davis “had banned students from wearing any clothing or symbols supporting equal rights for gay people”? Because:

… he believed rainbows were “sexually suggestive” and would make students unable to study because they’d be picturing gay sex acts in their mind.


The principal went on to admit that while censoring rainbows and gay pride messages he allowed students to wear other symbols many find controversial, such as the Confederate flag.

Thankfully a federal judge ruled that “students can’t be barred from expressing support for gay people”, effectively giving Heather Gillman a win and her numbskull principal a loss. But in this Seething Mom’s opinion, that is not the only thing this principal should lose. This guy should lose his job as well. Then he can picture “gay sex acts” in his own teensy tinsy mind full time.



Queers United said...

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Anonymous said...

How on earth does one construe rainbows as "sexually suggestive"?! I suspect that Principal Davis revealed far more about his own psychological issues than he intended. He's certainly revealed more than I care to know about. I hope the man gets the help he needs and deserves.

Perhaps he can see to that while he looks for his next job?