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Beloved Arizona High School Principal Appears to Have Been Fired for Being Gay: VIDEO


Cynthia Davis, a respected and beloved principal at Paradise Valley High School, was fired by the school district at a meeting last Thursday that so enraged parents police helicopters were brought in to control the situation.

HelicopterThe parents had no idea why the board had voted 5-0 not to renew Davis' contract.

Arizona's 12News now believes they know why Davis was fired:

On Friday, community member Shelly Hickerson came forward with a letter she had written to the district administration, including Superintendent James Lee, on March 11 praising Davis' work as principal. In the letter, Hickerson says that a governing-board member had "aggressively" questioned Hickerson on whether she approved of the selection of Davis as principal in 2008 and "... told me she was concerned about her (Davis') lifestyle."

Hickerson was on the committee that made the recommendation to hire Davis. Hickerson, whose daughter graduated from Paradise Valley High School in 2008, said she never received a reply to her letter. Davis said she learned of the allegation of the "lifestyle" comment on Friday.

Davis tells 12News that she is gay, has lived alone since 2005, and has always kept her personal and professional life separate. The school board won't comment on the reasons behind the vote. The district does include sexual orientation in its non-discrimination policy.

Watch 12News' report and interview with Davis, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. See that, boys and girls. It doesn't matter what you do, or how successful you are at your job. It doesn't matter that you're beloved, well-respected and renowned by parents and students alike. If you're NOT STRAIGHT, you're NOT WELCOME.

    Just shows you the overall mentality/culture there is towards LGBTQ people in the education field and society overall. Of course most of these incidents happen in conservative areas like Arizona, but overall, the "gays have cooties, keep them away from our children!!!!111!!" way of thinking has clearly not gone anywhere. Bigots have absolutely no shame in ruining peoples' lives to assuage their discriminatory ways of thinking. It's utterly pathetic.

    The good news is that the students/parents have been rallying behind Ms. Davis, so you have at least some positive feeling for humanity knowing that most people in cases such as these aren't completely unhinged. Goes to show what happens when you have homophobes in high places. Hopefully Ms. Davis sues the pants off the entire school district and the students, parents and friends of Ms. Davis continue to RIOT. That's the perfect way to send the message that this type of bigotry will not be tolerated.

    Posted by: Francis | Mar 20, 2012 9:21:04 AM


    Posted by: Leo | Mar 20, 2012 9:34:35 AM

  3. Agreed - sue the bastards. It's the only thing people seem to understand these days.

    Posted by: Jack M | Mar 20, 2012 9:36:33 AM

  4. Paradise Valley is one of the most affluent areas of Phoenix. Good for these parents for standing up for this principal.

    And I'd wager one meeeelion dollars that the board member responsible for this is a Mormon.

    Posted by: endo | Mar 20, 2012 9:44:11 AM

  5. Can't the federal government just cut off any federal funds for discrimination ?? That or just cut off their dicks !!!

    Either way they would get the message !

    Posted by: Fliptrx | Mar 20, 2012 9:49:56 AM

  6. To FLIPTRX:
    That would require that the Federal government actually have a law that outlaws discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. There isn't one. Federally, this is perfectly legal.

    That needs to change, but no, the feds aren't going to step in on this on.

    Posted by: Lymis | Mar 20, 2012 10:23:44 AM

  7. I'm giggling up my sleeve at the vision of affluent gated-community parents in Phoenix going on a rampage. Not in a bad way, mind you, I'm glad this makes them so angry that someone had to call in air support.

    Posted by: NaughtyLola | Mar 20, 2012 10:27:11 AM

  8. "That or just cut off their dicks !!!"

    The board member who is apparently at the bottom of this is a woman, if you read carefully. And my guess is that is typical--that 9 times out of 10, you will find that the witch-hunt against a gay teacher or administrator has been undertaken by a woman or a group of women

    Posted by: Rick | Mar 20, 2012 10:27:49 AM

  9. Probably a typical school board dominated by fanatical Christians.

    Posted by: Steve | Mar 20, 2012 10:42:24 AM

  10. From the article: "Hickerson said Saturday that the board member that made the comment was Nancy Case."

    Nancy Case's bio: "Nancy Case received a Bachelor of Science degree in Retailing from Brigham Young University in 1978."

    Mormon. Told ya so.

    Posted by: endo | Mar 20, 2012 10:43:26 AM

  11. This is why we need EDNA, gentlemen!

    Posted by: Anonymous | Mar 20, 2012 10:50:54 AM

  12. Yup, Endo. No surprise here. Religious bigots strike YET again. This is why we CANNOT tolerate these people. We CANNOT give these people an inch. We continuously see. We give an inch, they will take a mile. We are at war with Christianist/religionist bigots and they are at war with us. Lawsuit, lawsuit, lawsuit.

    Knowing the people who are rallying for Ms. Davis are suburban, affluent, gated-community types is a really good thing, actually. They aren't the ones who have traditionally fought for gay people. Shows you that we have made progress, even though incidents like this continue to occur.

    Posted by: Francis | Mar 20, 2012 11:15:04 AM

  13. Gee, misogynistic much, Rick?

    Posted by: johnny | Mar 20, 2012 11:24:02 AM

  14. ENDO, Paradise Valley is the RICHEST area of phoenix, but Paradise Valley High School is not in Paradise Valley. It is near Paradise Valley, but is mostly middle class families. The people in this area are fairly moderate.. I went to Horizon High School which is somewhat nearby and it was fairly gay-friendly.

    Anyway, hopefully this wasn't motivated by her sexual orientation..

    Posted by: Lucas | Mar 20, 2012 12:08:51 PM

  15. Paradise Valley High School is not in Paradise Valley? That's not confusing at all!

    Thanks for the clarification. :)

    Posted by: endo | Mar 20, 2012 12:13:21 PM

  16. There is no doubt that a lawsuit will result from this hateful decision that is apparently against school district policy. But rather than suing the district, which will ultimately hurt the students, I believe the lawsuit should be against each of the 5 individual board members who voted to fire Ms. Davis. They should be each dragged into open court and forced to state under oath why they cast his or her vote. The bigotry and hypocrisy must be made public and these people must be personally hung out to dry.

    Posted by: DrMikey | Mar 20, 2012 12:18:55 PM

  17. ARIZONA - Home of Jan Brewer and John McCain - is anyone surprised???

    My partner and I used to spend our vacations in Phoenix - NOT ANY MORE!!! That state gets none of our money.

    Posted by: Glenn Rivera | Mar 20, 2012 12:27:05 PM

  18. Arizona wants to become the new Mississippi. Sue the bastards.

    Posted by: Jay | Mar 20, 2012 1:13:34 PM

  19. It has less to do with women and more to do with religion, the True root to discrimination against gays.

    Get rid of it in government

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Mar 20, 2012 1:26:34 PM

  20. There is no proof that her contract was not renewed because she is a lesbian. This was manufactured by her supporters and handlers. The fact that she was a lesbian was readily obvious by her mannish appearance when she was hired. Her contract ran out and was not renewed. Her handlers are busy making threats to the board and administration. There is no basis for a lawsuit. Arizona is a right to work state. It doesn't mean you have a right to work if you're a lesbian.

    Posted by: Lucille | Mar 20, 2012 2:56:05 PM

  21. Luci
    How do you know it wasn't the reason?

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Mar 20, 2012 3:34:28 PM

  22. O and "mannish appearance" just means you're a worthless dirt bag. Prob a religious freak

    But anyway how do you know it wasnt?

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Mar 20, 2012 3:39:22 PM

  23. "I have been involved in alternative sexual lifestyles. Um. Currently, I'm not."

    Well, that's just creepy, and does sound like a shameful "admission".

    My question: What was the "sexual lifestyle" she was leading, and what was it an alternative to?

    Followup: How can the LGBT kids in your school trust you to keep them safe?

    Posted by: Randy | Mar 20, 2012 4:01:21 PM

  24. I don't know that her alternative sexual lifestyle was a reason for the contract non-renewal and you don't know that it was. There is no evidence or proof. There are more comments trickling out about run-ins with teachers. This story is over. Move along.

    Posted by: Lucille | Mar 20, 2012 5:10:28 PM

  25. Are you gay?

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Mar 20, 2012 5:14:47 PM

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