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Pennsylvania High School Teacher Shows Video Mocking Gay Student and His Transgender Prom Date: VIDEO


Jared Swank, a senior high school student in Hanover, Pennsylvania, says he was mocked by a teacher who shared a video she took of Swank and his transgender prom date to other students, WNEP reports:

Swank, 18, said his senior prom over the weekend was a memorable one. The openly gay student at Hanover Area High School said he and his transgender female date enjoyed dancing the night away, but on Monday he said his prom experience took an ugly turn.

“I went to prom. One of the teachers took a video and put it on the whiteboard here at school and other students saw it and made comments,” added Swank.

Jared’ s mom said he has been bullied since eighth grade and this alleged incident was just another example.

“It hurt him, it hurt him. He was embarrassed, he was chastised. As a matter of fact, we just came from the gas station to get a drink before we got here and some of Hanover Area students yelled out the window, ‘(expletive).’ So that’s what it’s done. It’s antagonized more bullying,” said mother Dawn Mendygral.

The motivation behind the teacher's showing the video is unclear.


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  1. I read this blog daily and have never read anything "hateful" from one of Rick's comments. Yes, he has a certain point of view that is not popular with a lot of other readers on this site. But, so what? There isn't room for different views? Ironically, the only hate, bullying, and trolling I see come from those who want to silence his opinion.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | May 15, 2012 2:56:52 PM

  2. Then you, Brian, are either a willfully ignorant idiot or are a troll yourself.


    It's not about different views, it's about inherently prejudiced ones.

    The solace we can all take is knowing that Rick will die in the Closet he's never grown the balls to exit. And he won't be missed. By anyone.

    Posted by: Jay | May 15, 2012 3:04:40 PM

  3. @Brian in texas
    If I subtract the 4 posts you recomend, then I would have to retract the part about jail or prison ready and my fear over his suggestion of assault. The rest more or less stands. If his experiences are what they say they are, then almost certainly he is suffering PTSD, he is being attacked for being mentally ill, and he needs med.s/psychotherapy rather than to be ridiculed for venting here where it is painful to watch both sides.

    Posted by: NullNaught | May 15, 2012 3:04:48 PM

  4. @Brian in texas
    Are you being disingenuous about Rick not saying hateful things? Don't you see useing the emotional word "Freak" repeatedly in his first post was hateful? He is hopeing people who look like that are reading his post and feeling hurt by it. If that was not his aim, he could have used less angry/hateful emotionally-charged words. such as "his failure to conform" or something less awkward.
    Is it not so?

    Posted by: NullNaught | May 15, 2012 3:10:35 PM

  5. Those are not Rick, however the real Rick does hate women

    Posted by: GeorgeM | May 15, 2012 3:10:53 PM

  6. Brian, are you another alias of Rick? You seem blissfully ignorant to his constant femmeaphobia, misogyny, and racism. Maybe you're just new to this blog. Putting down blatant hate speech is not bullying, just as calling out Tony Perkins for his anti-gay vitriol wouldn't be bullying. When someone goes out of their way to routinely insult others without provocation, they are bullying.

    Posted by: MateoM | May 15, 2012 3:12:16 PM

  7. Brian in Texas just revealed himself to be one more sock-puppet troll. This proved it.

    Posted by: Jay | May 15, 2012 3:17:22 PM


    He's certainly not politically correct, but he's just pointing out the circumstance that if you look like that in high school there is a high chance you will be ridiculed. Regardless of sexuality. He wasn't saying that it SHOULD happen.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | May 15, 2012 3:18:02 PM

  9. Rick is desperate for attention. Don't give him the pleasure.

    The teacher who intentionally showed the prom video in class has to have their name released. And then she needs to be immediately suspended until full information is gathered regarding this situation. We cannot allow this bigot to simply get by with discrimination without even acknowledging who she is. Hopefully the name is released, I tried looking on the web and couldn't find out who exactly is the culprit of this horrific offense.

    I'm glad Jared has a supportive family. Hopefully they look into suing the school board and bigoted teacher if they realize that attempting to diplomatically handle this incident ends up going nowhere.

    Posted by: Francis | May 15, 2012 3:18:37 PM

  10. I remember being in High School and coming out of the closet at 16, being captain oof my swim team and relatively more adjusted than the only other gay guy in school who would wear makeup, heels, purses, and horrible womens clothesand jewelry.

    I remember being super embarassed about him, and hating him because I felt as though I was changing minds and hearts for being a kid who happened to be gay, whereas he was THE GAY KID. I am not and was not self hating, but I think that the rainbows, glitter and house music sometimes distracts and takes away from our legitmacy as a subculture. I know i'll probably be told to STFU, but I'm no Rick and I know what I'm saying is true.

    Kids are going to be picked on and bullied. Idk if tracks and eyeliner is the best for your (identified) male son to wear to high school??

    Posted by: Munro | May 15, 2012 3:21:55 PM

  11. @ MUNRO


    Posted by: Brian in Texas | May 15, 2012 3:23:59 PM

  12. Whether it is "the real Rick" or someone else I can't say but the person writing as rick appears to be an ignorant ass who rather than making logical points attempts to bully and intimidate others in order to shut up those who disagree with him. Seriously, no one knows you're gay? I guess if you only have sex with women no one knows. If you have sex with men... mmmm sorry someone probably suspects. It is really difficult to appear straight when you're having sex with another man.

    Posted by: rayrayj | May 15, 2012 3:24:21 PM

  13. Munro, I'll call your bluff on that story, 100%.

    I. Call. Your. Bluff.

    Your stance is the stance of an apologist coward, and if you were anything resembling a real man whatsoever your pathetic @ss would have stuck up for that glittery kid rather than you feeling you needed to distance yourself from him.

    If it was a true story. Which it isn't. At all.

    Ten bucks says you cant' put a face and name to your "story", either. You guys never can.

    And Brian, you showed your true colours today. Dunce.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 15, 2012 3:25:35 PM

  14. @Brian in texas
    It is more than politically incorrect to use the word "Freak" repeatedly when he knows perfectly well that people who look like that are likely to read these comments. He is being overly emotional in his presentation. I cannot agree with you that this is not angry hurtful speach. He is throwing emotional bombs with language like that. If this were not intended, he would find a less hurtful way to express himself - I know. I used to do that. I was very angry at one time. It still leaks out on occasion. I can recognize it in him because I have been there. If he really hates women, that is another indication of the exact same thing.
    If he is being impersonated here, the person who is doing it has control issues; that person needs to seek councilling/med.s as well.

    Posted by: NullNaught | May 15, 2012 3:27:26 PM

  15. prove it, munro. after all, you've been "Out" for ages and have no problem with people knowing you're gay. so prove it.
    ten bucks says you won't. online liars love to boast, and run away when they get called on it. always.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 15, 2012 3:31:43 PM

  16. @Littlekiwi
    I think munro gets it. You don't like free speach. You are tying to shut him up by cyber-bullying. Move on you hateball.

    Posted by: NullNaught | May 15, 2012 3:39:29 PM

  17. Whether Munro's story is true or false (and what would he have to gain to make up that story?) is besides the point. The point being made is this Pennsylvania student would be made fun of in a lot of high schools simply for his hair style choices, not for his being openly gay.

    Does that justify his being bullied? Absolutely not.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | May 15, 2012 3:40:43 PM

  18. I hope the teacher's name is released so they can have the pleasure of knowing what it's like to be ridiculed in the public eye.

    Also, Rick and Brian have cooties.

    Posted by: Paul | May 15, 2012 3:44:36 PM

  19. I love free speech. That's why I'm offering him the opportunity to exercise it and prove me wrong. but he won't. because he made it up.

    he has the same thing to gain that rick (and now brian in texas) have to gain by coming on here to spread their own b.s. - you convince yourself that your lives aren't a complete failure because you came onto a messageboard and told a lie, from a place of anonymity.

    munro's story is not only false, it's a COWARDLY false story. "hey, i was, like, a jock and i was changing minds and like, this, like, really femmy gay kid was, like, embarrassing to me"

    that's the sadly hilarious thing about the fake story - not only is it a complete lie, but it's a complete lie that still makes him sound like a wimp.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 15, 2012 3:44:58 PM

  20. @Littlekiwi
    No doubt you think you like free speach. You are actually attempting to silence people like your freind TJ who post anonymously. By attacking those who post anonymously, you attempt to silence them by "shaming" them for something they should not be ashamed of. Anonymous posting allows a person to speak their mind freely, instead of feeling intimidated by having their words associated with themselves. People who say things that upset others are often assasinated. Speaking anonymously allows one to be free of such fears.
    You have control issues, in that you can't tolerate people expressing opinions which differ from your own. You badger them and call them names. This is not an attack; you need to seek counciling and med.s. You are not a well person.
    Good job at not reading my posts. You are just the absolute monarch of self-control. How long did you hold out? 3 or 4 days? Pu$$y.

    Posted by: NullNaught | May 15, 2012 3:56:04 PM

  21. Munro, straight-acting means just that: acting straight so that people don't think you're a queer. You didn't win hearts or breakdown stereotypes, you hid your orientation until you got caught. And since you had the same personality ( a facade of heterosexual masculinity), people just excuse your gayness. It's easy to get away with something if you actively keep people off the trail of discovery.

    You were a popular jock in spite of who you are, not because of who you are. There's a difference. I'm sorry you never felt it was okay to let your freak flag fly. Have fun not ruffling any homophobic feathers.

    Posted by: MateoM | May 15, 2012 4:08:59 PM

  22. Exactly, Mateom.

    There's nothing noble about distancing yourself from an "outsider" in order to win the tolerance of the people you blended in with.

    That fake story might as well be saying "i was black, but i wasn't one of those blacks who listened to rap, so i wasn't made fun of"

    congrats. you passed for white and didn't have the balls to stand up for the kid who didn't. coward. well, i mean, if the story was true. which it isn't.

    oh, and people who post (actually, it's "boast") anonymously are already ashamed of themselves. that's why they don't put a face to their comments. and then they give cowardly excuses for being cowardly. *yawn*

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 15, 2012 4:19:10 PM

  23. Evidently TJ is ashamed of himself because he posts anonymously. Evidently everybody who posts anonymously is ashamed of themselves. What a crock of $hit. What lack of perspective. How terribly irrational. Kiwi, gets some F*cking help.

    Posted by: NullNaught | May 15, 2012 4:23:20 PM

  24. Hang on are we saying that you cant be average and gay? Are we saying you HAVE to be a mincing queen? Thats the impression im getting from Mateom and Littlekiwi here.

    Its not straight acting, its being average. The only reason some (most) gay people 'pass as straight' is that people have a mistaken impression that average means straight. It doesnt, it just means that they are average, some average people are gay.

    Posted by: Rovex | May 15, 2012 4:29:28 PM

  25. TJ doesn't post self-loathing cowardly rhetoric. Wise up, chump.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 15, 2012 4:29:31 PM

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