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03/01/2012

Report: TN principal confused disciplinary power with gospel opinion

by Jeremy Hooper

At my Tennessee high school, the principal was an enigma. The vice principals were always out in the halls, giving stern looks and tardy slips in equal measure. But the top dog? Not sure I saw him more than once in four years.

And now, with that wholly unnecessary personal reflection out of the way, here's a Tennessee principal who could stand to hide out in her office for a few hours, if this is the only way she knows how to deal with the LGBT human beings whose safety and general well-being she's charged with looking after:

Principal [Dorothy] Bond reportedly said that gay people are “ruining their lives” and threatened to administer severe punishment – including 60-day suspensions, assignments to an alternative school or expulsion – to any students who were observed publicly displaying affection for members of the same sex.
FULL:Tennessee Principal Threatened to Expel Students for Gay PDA, Demanded Students Pray [Towle]

Dear gay students of Haywood High School: I, a former public schooler of middle Tennessee, am writing you from comfy environs on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, waiting for my legally-wedded husband to come home so that we can share in a sickeningly sweet night of food, "30 Rock," and maybe a nice Pinot. After a long (but fulfilling) week of work, Andrew and I are both looking forward to a nice family weekend out on Long Island, where we are taking two of our nephews out for a belated birthday treat, before joining back with the rest of the fam for a warm dinner (Chinese, I'm hoping). If history is any guide, these next couple of days will be filled with lots of love, lots of laughter, and nary a passing thought -- or at least an ounce of credence -- given to those around us who don't think we are living up to their own self-determined expectation. They do not have that power to devalue us. Not anymore. Not ever again.

Or, in short: It gets better.

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