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Tennessee Principal Threatened to Expel Students for Gay PDA, Demanded Students Pray

More on anti-gay Tennessee high school principal Dorothy Bond from the ACLU:

BondMultiple students contacted the ACLU to express concerns about an assembly that took place on Feb. 9. At the assembly, Principal Bond reportedly said that gay people are “ruining their lives” and threatened to administer severe punishment – including 60-day suspensions, assignments to an alternative school or expulsion – to any students who were observed publicly displaying affection for members of the same sex. The school already has a policy on public displays of affection that is neutral regarding sexual orientation.

The incident appears to be part of a broader pattern of official anti-gay remarks and policies by the principal, and of incorporating prayers and proselytizing into school events. On one occasion, school officials scolded students who did not bow their heads in prayer and threatened them with discipline. On another occasion, the principal told a lesbian student that she would go to “hell” because of her sexual orientation.

Tennessee Principal Tells Gay Students They're 'Going to Hell': VIDEO [tr]

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  1. I think Jason is correct in a lot of ways, the church does dictate a lot of hate more so in christian churches.IMO
    I'm sure Rick had a point to (he does now and then) but I could only get to the first masculin word lol

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Mar 1, 2012 4:36:08 PM

  2. Tyler you are right
    Bottom line is its wrong. We're not going to change anything on here it has to happen there. You do that by getting involved and staying involved. Holding people accountable regardless of party, race or religion. it's never easy and God is it tiring but will be worth it in the end, more so for the younger gen.

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Mar 1, 2012 4:44:01 PM

  3. @Rick - Maybe you should really think about the way you deliver your message; instead of trying to analyze the genetic make-up of people. My understanding is that there are both several black and white parents whom are going after her. The question lies in who will defend her actions and I can assure you that particular town has a very strong black church community.

    Unfortunately, racism still exists and there are still cases where a person is fired simply because of their race and I have seen the look of shock when meeting face-to-face with clients and/or an executive as their speech coach after a phone conversation.

    Posted by: Jeremy | Mar 1, 2012 4:44:19 PM

  4. "It is the policy of the Haywood CB of Educ. not to discrimanate on the basis of handicap, color, national origin, sex, age or religion in ANY of the progrmas or practices in the school system."
    Right, so follow the rule.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Mar 1, 2012 5:18:08 PM

  5. She has resigned:

    Posted by: Steve | Mar 1, 2012 6:08:58 PM

  6. I can't believe it but I think I just got an email from TWO saying that she resigned!? already? damn!

    Posted by: Some Yank in Rio | Mar 1, 2012 6:45:51 PM

  7. Wow, what an ass. As a community WE have to take the stigma away from Gay PDA. Here's my suggestion-

    Posted by: Independent11 | Mar 1, 2012 6:58:29 PM

  8. To everyone who called or emailed, good job!!!
    Who knows if it made a difference but at least you were not willing to stand by and let this happen. The more our community does things like calling and emailing the more society as a whole will understand our existence and our want to be treated equally. As a community we can change things

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Mar 1, 2012 7:21:48 PM

  9. Indipendent11
    That was a good vid. I like her confidence

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Mar 1, 2012 7:34:50 PM

  10. "If she does not get fired, it will be because all of you on the Far Left have made it nearly impossible to hold anyone who is black accountable for anything they do, lest those holding them accountable be accused of "racism," especially in th South."

    So much for your Far Left theory, buddy. Looks like she's been held accountable, despite all those liberal white apologists for black homophobia. Oh, wait, there were no liberal apologists for black homophobia here . . . every sensible person said she should be out of a job because of and only because of her homophobia (not her race or her gender, as much as black women may personally upset some), and she is. So guess you'll have to find some new way to blame the make-believe Far Left for religious-based homophobia.

    Posted by: Ernie | Mar 1, 2012 8:26:19 PM

  11. Rick, sweetie, the ben-wa balls go *inside*.

    Posted by: agcons | Mar 1, 2012 9:33:23 PM

  12. She needs to resign or be fired, and it's not a 'liberal' or 'conservative' position.

    As a black gay man, I wish that some of you muthaf@ckers would stop race baiting.

    Posted by: Mel Smith | Mar 2, 2012 1:08:10 AM

  13. Good riddance to that Christian degenerate. The grip of their tyranny is finally weakening.

    Now be a good psycho and fade away into obscurity where you belong.

    Posted by: Sarm | Mar 2, 2012 1:13:06 AM

  14. RONTEX - @RICKand TJ? The "other" TJ didn't post on this, and in no way would I be spouting the RICK sludge re:race. So... ?

    Posted by: TJ | Mar 2, 2012 1:30:59 AM

  15. Don't bother sending letters to the school or school board - just saw a news item that this principal has resigned.

    Posted by: BIll | Mar 2, 2012 2:18:47 AM

  16. The religious right/christian conservatives started a pretty genius plan years ago. They started, nationwide, running for, applying for, and volunteering for LOCAL public official jobs.

    They know those are positions which will (and have) allow(ed) them to create/influence public policy around their agenda at the local level which will/does help them get to state and national positions.

    Their problem is; Some of them can't keep their zealousness in check for the long haul and keep revealing themselves the nutty, ill informed bigots they truly are.

    Posted by: lookyloo | Mar 2, 2012 3:13:16 AM

  17. She's been fired.

    Posted by: David Rogoff | Mar 2, 2012 7:45:17 AM

  18. Glad I don't live in such a backwards state filled with backwards people.

    Posted by: mmike1969 | Mar 2, 2012 11:27:04 AM

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