A male cheerleader said he was kicked off the squad and suspended after he was caught kissing another male student on campus. The young man spent countless hours practicing every day for years to make the varsity cheer squad, and he had it all taken away from him in an instant.
Perhaps most surprising, is the way the student was caught. Not in person by a teacher, but by surveillance camera, leading the young man to believe he was being watched and targeted by school officials simply because of his sexual orientation. "They never check cameras for anything unless something is stolen," the young man said, asking not be indentified. "We would be the ones getting caught because I'm sure we were the only ones, sexual orientation wise, being caught like that."
The boy said public displays of affection are a relatively common occurrence at Alice HS, and he believes that the principal would not have targeted him had he been caught kissing a female student. "In this school [kissing] is everywhere, if that were the case, suspending everyone for that, half the school would be suspended," he said.
The district superintendent told 6 News he couldn't comment about the matter because of privacy issues.
Now they're concerned about this boy's privacy? After spying on him, booting him off the cheerleading squad, and likely outing him to his family and peers in freethinking, tolerant Texas? Now administrators at Alice High are concerned about this boy's privacy?
Email addresses for other administrators at Alice High can be found here. Go get 'em.
UPDATE: Slog tipper/flying monkey Ryan writes...
"Just emailed Ms. Munoz and my message was rejected by a filter for 'inappropriate language'! Thought that was interesting as my email was rather bland and certainly not offensive. I tried a few variations deleting various words and it eventually went through when I removed 'sex' (in 'same sex kiss')."
If the student’s allegations on 6 News are true regarding his suspension for a same sex kiss, then you have a large lawsuit coming your way fast. Actions like this are why kids across the country are killing themselves. I hope you’re enjoying the national exposure this incident is giving you and your high school.
If you look at the attitudes of Americans under 35, there is overwhelming support for LGBT rights and issues. Actions such as this suspension are already part of a nearly bygone era of intolerance and discrimination. Have fun residing in the history books next to Jim Crow and George Wallace.
If your email gets rejected... and you don't want to edit or self-censor... you can call or fax Principal Munoz at...
Some other parents agreed the boy was being unfairly punished, KRIS reported. They told the station one cheerleader who had a child and another who is currently pregnant are still on the team and have not faced any disciplinary action.
Alice High School, a public school in South Texas, states in its student handbook that "the district believes that all students learn best in an environment free from dating violence, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation and that their welfare is best served when they are free from this prohibited conduct while attending school."
Neither Superintendent Salvador Cavazos nor Alice High School Principal Lucy Munoz would speak to msnbc.com, and they haven't spoken to other reporters, citing student privacy. Melonae Day, Alice's assistant superintendent of business and human resources, who is listed as the district's nondiscrimination representative on the basis of gender, also did not return a phone call from msnbc.com.
It's a public school. I wonder how long it'll take Principal Munoz to return the calls of the ACLU attorneys she'll be hearing from in three, two, one...