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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. Looks like the hush hush is in commence here. Hopefully the angry students and parents keep at it and force the truth to be revealed.

    Posted by: Francis | Mar 20, 2012 5:20:14 PM

  2. Wow, Rick. Your poor mother.

    Wow, Lucille. Your poor children.

    Posted by: FFS | Mar 20, 2012 6:09:02 PM

  3. Are we sure Nancy Case and Maggie Gallagher are not the same person? They apparently eat from the same trough.

    Posted by: CarlottaVonFunkenhowzer | Mar 20, 2012 6:17:10 PM

  4. That's my old high school!! Craziness.... when I was there over 10 years ago, our principal was highly thought to be a lesbian too. She was great. It is true... Paradise Valley High is not in Paradise Valley. Very middle class folk. Although I think the neighborhood may have gone down a bit since my family used to live there but pretty middle of the road.

    Posted by: andypharmer | Mar 20, 2012 8:13:01 PM

  5. This is another reason why the push for southern AZ break away from the crazies, in Pheonix & name itself Baha Arizona, should be taken seriously.

    Posted by: mike flower | Mar 21, 2012 3:32:32 AM

  6. Holy crap, this and so much seems to go on and on in AZ and FL.

    Posted by: RichB in PS | Mar 21, 2012 3:14:17 PM

  7. I am an alumnus of the school district. Please sign this JUST-LAUNCHED petition to have Principal Davis re-instated:

    Posted by: Stephen Molldrem | Mar 21, 2012 6:56:32 PM

  8. So they legalize racial profiling, they go after a principal for being a lesbian, they want employers to have facebook passwords and know if their female employees are on birth control and WHY, and they see nothing wrong with a closeted Republican congressman who was bullish on immigration having a (possibly illegal) gay Latino lover, then threatening to have said lover deported when the relationship ended.
    I think it's time to give Arizona back to Mexico.

    Posted by: Dan | Mar 27, 2012 6:48:29 AM

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