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Connecticut Christian School Forces Student Out After Learning She is a Lesbian

The Master's School, a K-12 Christian school in West Simsbury, Connecticut, issued " a not thinly veiled threat" to soon-to-be senior Rachel Aviles to withdraw rather than be expelled after learning she was a lesbian, FOX CT reports:

Masters This was to be her senior year and a former coach says she would have been up for all kinds of awards. But last spring she went on a class trip where several students, Aviles among them, pretended to be married. They made "wifey" phone calls to one another. They held hands — not unusual among same-sex friends at Master's, Aviles said.

"Looking back, it was kind of stupid," said Aviles, of Hartford. "But it was harmless."

Word got back to the administration, and the students were called in and questioned about their sexual orientation. When it was her turn, Aviles told administrators that she is a lesbian. Her friends knew. Teachers didn't.

Aviles said the school then urged her to withdraw rather than be expelled.

Aviles' former coach Heather Lodovico discussed the incident:

"She texted me and said something like 'They kicked me out,' and I made a joke, 'What, are you pregnant?' and she said, 'No, worse. I'm gay,'" said Lodovico.

The coach said she immediately got on the phone to see if the decision could be reversed, but no.

The school's headmaster refuses to discuss Aviles' dismissal, citing privacy concerns.

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  1. Yes, this school seems deeply worried about privacy.

    Posted by: Eric | Sep 8, 2011 10:03:52 AM

  2. Their motto--"Truth will liberate you"--is clearly hypocritical crap.

    Posted by: Skye Winspur | Sep 8, 2011 10:07:51 AM

  3. And the school's latin motto "veritas vos liberabit" means "the truth sets you free."

    Posted by: joe | Sep 8, 2011 10:09:08 AM

  4. Why would you want to be a member of a club that doesn't want you anyway? It's the students that will suffer later in life when they go out in the real world and discover everyone isn't just like them. It's their loss. So be it.

    Posted by: Curt | Sep 8, 2011 10:10:53 AM

  5. ahh that christian love spews...LOL eff''re saving alot of money and grief.

    Posted by: Gay American | Sep 8, 2011 10:12:13 AM

  6. Oh, those loving Christians. Making Jesus so proud.

    Posted by: Bubba | Sep 8, 2011 10:41:10 AM

  7. How much local, state and federal funding does this school receive?

    Posted by: Gus | Sep 8, 2011 10:43:17 AM

  8. It's just double standards. They let in non-Christians (and she isn't one), but then they insist on everyone being straight. You can't have it both ways

    Posted by: Steve | Sep 8, 2011 10:52:30 AM

  9. So many people give me the argument that these Christian schools make their rules on homosexuality plain, so you should just not choose a school like that if you're LGBT. The (painfully obvious) problem with that is that the decision to go to such a school is rarely left up to the child concerned.

    What I don't understand is that presumably, a child who attended this school since kindergarten and came out in high school, for instance, would be treated the same way as this girl. In this situation, you'd think that they'd start to understand that even years of Christian education can't stamp out homosexuality.

    Posted by: Poison | Sep 8, 2011 11:06:35 AM

  10. Is there anything we can do?

    This really pisses me off.

    Posted by: scoTTo | Sep 8, 2011 11:38:18 AM

  11. Most faith based schools in this country get some sort of financial assistance from the federal government. About time it ended, let them pay for their own chosen lifestyle. Religion is learned behaviour, nobody is born that way, while sexual orientation is innate, immutable.

    Posted by: Robert in NYC | Sep 8, 2011 11:57:50 AM

  12. I notice nothing about this on the school website's homepage under "news": I suggest you all do what I did: click on "contact us" and let them know what you think.

    Posted by: Don | Sep 8, 2011 1:01:37 PM

  13. I also contacted the two accreditation organizations that they are listed as accredited with. I told them I am surprised they would give accreditation to schools with such discriminatory policies. You can write to them too. They are - The Master's School is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

    The Master's School is a member of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools

    Posted by: dctopman | Sep 8, 2011 1:56:34 PM

  14. Same thing happened to me at a Catholic High School. Not surprised about it but I didn't get a news story about it.

    Posted by: Max | Sep 8, 2011 2:32:21 PM

  15. The don't get any local, state, or federal funding. They can pretty much do what they like.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 8, 2011 2:49:04 PM

  16. It's a private, religious school. What do people expect? If you attend a bigoted school, then how can you be shocked when you get hit with the bigotry stick??

    Imagine a white person with black or Jewish ancestry joins the Ku Klux Klan. She reveals her background and is stunned with she's kicked out. It's just like that.

    Posted by: John | Sep 8, 2011 3:34:10 PM

  17. Just another example of christian teaching becoming pseudo-christian teaching.

    Posted by: vanndean | Sep 8, 2011 5:17:09 PM

  18. ACLU! What about her privacy concerns?

    Posted by: Javier | Sep 9, 2011 3:13:39 AM

  19. there should be no public money in this school. Even to the point of tax deferral(whatever) on the property.

    Posted by: Bruce Callahan | Sep 9, 2011 7:59:21 AM

  20. sign the petition to end this.

    Posted by: Lane | Sep 18, 2011 10:13:24 AM

  21. Rachel just transferred into my class at Watkinson School in Hartford. She's a lovely, lovely human being; she's one of the best athletes we have, she's funny, kind, charitable, and smart. Any school should be HONORED to have her enrolled. Masters has made a HUGE mistake and should be absolutely ashamed of themselves.

    I didn't know about the conditions of her transfer until tonight, and I am disgusted by the actions of the administration at Master's. This is truly an outrage.

    Posted by: A Friend | Sep 20, 2011 9:34:59 PM

  22. The school has the perfect right to do this. Homosexuality is clearly against Christian teaching, end of story. No amount of continued indoctrination by the pro-homosexuality lobby will ever change this. That is fact. I know some homosexuals and they are actually lovely folk, and it is a pity more do not have their kind of hearts. I am in no way hateful towards them.

    Posted by: Ray | Mar 19, 2012 3:30:56 PM

  23. Monday 08 26 2013 4:40pm

    I Was sexually abused at TMS FROM 1981 UNTILL spring 1986 both on and off campus. I know that you are required to report this to the proper authorities.

    Mark Edward Bock (954) 295 3324.

    Monday 08 26 2013 4:40pm

    Posted by: Mark Edward Bock | Aug 26, 2013 9:29:02 PM

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