This is absolutely disgusting. How on EARTH are there grounds for THIS?!
A 17-year-old male student was kicked off the cheerleading squad and suspended from his High School in Alice, Texas, after he was seen kissing a male classmate in the school's band hall on a surveillance camera!
Because heterosexual public displays of affection are not frowned upon in the school environment and there are female cheerleaders pregnant and already with children still allowed on the squad, this poor kid, who has chosen to remain anonymous, and his parents, along with many outraged others, are fighting back!
The student explains:
"They never check [school] cameras for anything unless something is stolen. I'm sure we were the only ones, sexual orientation-wise, being caught like that. It was a heartbreaker when I was told I had been kicked off. If [it were just heterosexual PDA] that were the case, suspending everyone for that, half the school would be suspended. They should be paying more attention to drugs and alcohol use than kicking a person off a team for kissing."
According to Deputy Executive Director of Equality Texas Chuck Smith:
"There aren't any laws in Texas that protect on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, unfortunately. The issue here is whatever is in the school's code of conduct, and whether it's being enforced equally [for gay and straight students]. If kissing in public is not being enforced for anyone but the gay students, then that's discrimination. And if he was targeted for no other reason than that, then that's discrimination. Because of the lack of protection and the laws in this state, parents taking legal action is unfortunately increasing because it's the only mean to get to a just end."
Well then, obviously, this is what needs to be done!
This kid did absolutely NOTHING wrong, and to think that yet another entire administration in a school system would single him out for his sexual preference, and PUNISH him for that, is absolutely vile, shameful - and should NOT be tolerated!
Thank goodness so many parents are speaking out, and we sincerely URGE them to continue!
Do not RELENT! The only way we can fight this kind of ignorance and hate is to NOT let these bigots off the hook!
EQUALITY FOR ALL!
[Image via AP Images.]
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