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Monday, November 19, 2012

Confidential to the Administration at Celina High School

Posted by on Mon, Nov 19, 2012 at 10:08 AM

If this is true...

Just the other day, 20 students at Celina High School, a public school in Mercer County, Ohio, were threatened with out-of-school suspensions for wearing T-shirts that promoted tolerance and support for the LGBT community. They were not offensive. They were not graphic. They simply said things like "Straight but Supportive" and "I Support [Rainbow]."

Our assistant principal forced us to change our shirts because they advertised "political" messages and were disruptive. But students who are part of the pro-life organization Students for Life are able to wear their shirts whenever they'd like. And just recently, our school hosted Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan, who asked us to pray for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. There were definitely several political T-shirts at school that day, and none of them were threatened with suspension.'ll soon be hearing from some lawyers who take this kind of shit seriously. Also, the kids at your school have a right to form a GSA. So your school is going to have a GSA. The only question is whether you're going to have a lawsuit and pay a hefty settlement first.

UPDATE: While we were obsessing about the election—and the hurricane—the ACLU of Ohio was coming to the defense of the LGBT students at Celina High School. On November 1, 2012, the ACLU of Ohio sent the administration at Celina High a letter and threatened to sue. That's what this quote from the ACLU's press release means:

“The ACLU is actively investigating these reports... We are also soliciting information from students and parents regarding a culture of censorship and viewpoint discrimination in Celina High School.

Allow me to translate that out of the legalese: we're the ACLU and we will fuck you up. Administrators at Celina High who doubt that the ACLU means business—and that they take the rights of LGBT students seriously—might wanna take two minutes to Google "Anoka-hennepin settlement" and "Constance McMillen settlement."

Read the ACLU of Ohio's letter to Celina High School here.


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stupid fucks.
Posted by natalie on November 19, 2012 at 10:26 AM · Report this
rob! 2
I guess "Celine" would be a natural gay-guy spelling mistake. But "CelinA" if you want teh googlz to work at its very best.
Posted by rob! on November 19, 2012 at 10:37 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 3
We should send them t-shirts that say "Darwin Was Right!".
Posted by Pope Peabrain on November 19, 2012 at 10:44 AM · Report this
It's Celina not Celine...
Posted by squirrely girl on November 19, 2012 at 10:47 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 6
That pesky 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is such a bother to conservatives.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on November 19, 2012 at 11:04 AM · Report this
treacle 7
I vote that they pay a hefty settlement first. That way the assistant principle will almost definitely lose his or her job.
Posted by treacle on November 19, 2012 at 11:09 AM · Report this
You're going to eat your vegetables. The only question is whether you're going to be crying while you do it.
Posted by six shooter on November 19, 2012 at 11:11 AM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 9
The conservatives KNOW they are going to be sued. And that is what they are gunning for. Why? It's an opportunity for them to be "victims" of the homosexual agenda. It also allows them to further push the idea that public school are beyond repair and so bad with money. Forget that in this case they had to pay legal fees that should have been avoided by not breaking the law.
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on November 19, 2012 at 11:56 AM · Report this
very bad homo 10
It really upsets me that being pro-gay is considered a political act.
Posted by very bad homo on November 19, 2012 at 12:14 PM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 11
#5 Dam str8 so you and your gutter-kind better get the hell out of the way if you don't want to be ground up and spit out. Sucker.
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on November 19, 2012 at 12:34 PM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 12
@9 I sincerely doubt that these people think that far in advance. Every single instance that I've read about in dealing w/ teenagers & LGBT issues, the situation has come about through knee-jerk reactions, immediate decisions w/ little thought given to consequences. Yes, they are used retro-actively by NOM and others, but this is not from a plan for the future, but a persistent attitude of looking to the past & not to the future.

That all being said, I wonder how Constance is doing these days. Is she seeing somebody? Is she doing well in her classes? Has she kept in touch w/ Ellen?
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on November 19, 2012 at 12:41 PM · Report this
In these days of near-austerity budgets for public schools, you wonder how they could afford the added luxury of institutional homophobia.

Hmmm... In a town of 10,400, I wonder if this has anything to do with it:…
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on November 19, 2012 at 12:47 PM · Report this
I wonder what personality attributes tend to attract more idiots than average to being in charge of school systems? Or, is it just an average number of idiots, who tend to get called out more?
Posted by Evn on November 19, 2012 at 12:52 PM · Report this
Dougsf 15
Depressingly, it's probably somewhere between what @9 and @13 said, or it'd be safe to assume "support our troops" and Michigan State sweatshirts are banned from that school as well.
Posted by Dougsf on November 19, 2012 at 1:22 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 16
What @15 said.
Posted by Will in Seattle on November 19, 2012 at 1:55 PM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 17
@12, please...they KNOW this shit gets them sued in court and that money comes out of the schools general fund budget. And that means cutting more programs (that the board will blame on those pesky queers, you know they will) and then turn and say public schools don't work.

This has played out TOO many times over the past few years. They know exactly what they are doing.
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on November 19, 2012 at 3:14 PM · Report this
This is why I'm a card carrying member of the ACLU. So glad to see them coming to the students' defense.
Posted by kinaleigh on November 19, 2012 at 4:49 PM · Report this
This is why I'm a card-carrying member of the ACLU. So glad to see them coming to the students' defense.
Posted by kinaleigh on November 19, 2012 at 4:52 PM · Report this
dlauri 21
Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I live in Dayton, Ohio, and wasn't aware of this. I've just made a donation to the ACLU of Ohio Foundation. I'm glad that the ACLU is on the job, and I'm really glad that there are high school kids, even in rural Ohio, who are willing to stand up for LGBT rights.

The anti-gay fuckers have lost the war, even if they won't admit it and even if they're still willing to fight battles such as this one.
Posted by dlauri on November 19, 2012 at 7:22 PM · Report this
I would point out that the ACLU isn't specifically being pro-gay. They are pro-freedom of speech, and have defended people accused of all manner of icky things.

That said, GOOD FOR THEM. We need for there to be someone interested in defending rights, not just fashion causes and pity cases. The ACLU is a stalwart champion of Constitutional freedoms, and I applaud them even when they aren't siding with the people I find most sympathetic.

Happily, in this case, I am not burdened with supporting justice at the cost of defending a person I find distasteful: Rawr! Go get 'em! Put the fear of righteous litigation in the shriveled hearts of those homophobes!
Posted by Kaliann on November 19, 2012 at 8:22 PM · Report this
dlauri 24
@23: Lost means exactly what I think it does. The anti-gay side has lost, even if the war is not over yet. The fact that there are kids in rural high schools willing to stand up for what's right demonstrates that. Do you really disagree that the direction this country is headed is towards equality for LGBT folk? Stop looking towards the past and start looking towards the future.
Posted by dlauri on November 19, 2012 at 9:04 PM · Report this
Shouldn't there be a mandatory course on LGBT rights in a high school setting for administrators? Seems that something like that offered at teacher conferences would save a lot of folks a lot of money.
Posted by MinnySota on November 20, 2012 at 7:04 AM · Report this
I hate assistant principals.
Posted by STJA on November 20, 2012 at 7:06 AM · Report this
smajor82 28
@11 PLEASE don't feed the trolls. It's like getting water on Gizmo - all sorts of ugly, ridiculousness spouts forth.
Posted by smajor82 on November 20, 2012 at 8:48 AM · Report this
venomlash 29
@25: *exaggerated jack-off hand motion*
Posted by venomlash on November 20, 2012 at 8:50 AM · Report this
venomlash 32
@30: *exaggerated fellatio hand motion*
Posted by venomlash on November 20, 2012 at 8:05 PM · Report this
John Horstman 35
For guidance on how to properly handle possible church-state conflicts, see my former high school (Shorewood, not Messmer):…

I love you, secular liberal socialist bubble universe.
Posted by John Horstman on November 21, 2012 at 9:39 AM · Report this

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