Thursday, October 06, 2011

Tennessee Principal Bullies Student for Wearing Pro-Gay Shirt

Apparently all it takes to bring out the bullies in Tennessee schools is for a student to stand up for the rights of gay students:

Chris Sigler, a 17-year-old student at Sequoyah High School in Madisonville, Tenn., tried to start a gay-straight alliance, but alleges he ended up being assaulted by the school principal for wearing a t-shirt in support of the proposed new club. . [W]hen he had a confrontation with Principal Maurice Moser last week, the high school senior was reportedly "shoved, bumped in the chest and verbally harassed" after he refused to take the shirt off in class, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which has taken up his cause.

An estimated 33 percent of LGBT students in Tennessee regularly heard school staff make homophobic remarks, according to research from the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network. Additionally, 1 in 4 LGBT students in that state were punched, kicked or injured with a weapon for because of their sexual orientation. GLSEN also said that few comprehensive bullying and harassment policies were in place in Tennessee.

It is totally unacceptable that a young man who was peacefully exercising his First Amendment rights would have his speech shut down by the public school principal,” said Hedy Weinberg, executive director of the ACLU of Tennessee.

SIGN THE PETITION: Investigate Harassment of LGBTQ youth at Sequoyah High School & Allow a GSA
Chris Sigler, Tennessee High School Student, Allegedly Assaulted ...- Huffington Post
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Americablog: I hope Sequoyah High School in Madisonville, TN has a lot of money

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