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Federal Lawsuit Filed Against Mississippi School District for Failing to Address Anti-Gay Bullying: VIDEO


The Southern Poverty Law Center has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Destin Holmes, a student who was bullied and harassed by teachers and students at Magnolia Junior High and Moss Point High School in Moss Point, Mississippi, Gulf Live reports.

The harassment is disgusting:

In March, Holmes said she was in her Magnolia Junior High math class last year when she experienced one of her worst cases of bullying, and it was initiated by a teacher.

The teacher had divided the class into 2 teams -- boys versus girls -- for a trivia game, Holmes said, but she called on the tomboy-looking teen to sit alone in the middle because she was an "in-between it."

Now at Moss Point High School, Holmes said the students are a little more accepting, but she still has trouble with staff.

In one instance, a substitute teacher wrote her up for not following directions, and the written referral called her "he." Holmes said the substitute knew she was female.

SPLC says the school district has chosen to ignore the situation:

The federal lawsuit -- filed in Gulfport this morning -- is being brought to enforce equal protection of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students, the organization said, as well as students perceived as LGBT.

The filing is the next step in the case of 17-year-old Destin Holmes, a lesbian student who stood with the SPLC in March and said she was consistently harassed because of her sexual orientation and because she dressed in hats and masculine clothes. The harassment came from administrators, teachers and students, said Anjali Nair, a staff attorney with Southern Poverty Law Center.

After that March news conference, the SPLC said it would try to reach an agreement with the district to change the bullying environment, but Nair said an agreement was not reached.

Watch Holmes talk about her experience being bullied, AFTER THE JUMP...

Here is SPLC's page on the case with much more information.

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  1. More of that christian "love" I suppose.

    Posted by: Harry | Dec 17, 2013 1:57:25 PM

  2. Way to stand up for yourself... more power to you, Destin.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Dec 17, 2013 2:03:18 PM

  3. Hope the lawyers are good.

    Posted by: Mark | Dec 17, 2013 2:25:56 PM

  4. well look what state it is...near the btm of the list in everything good in merikkka

    Posted by: disgusted american | Dec 17, 2013 2:26:23 PM

  5. "well look what state it is...near the btm of the list in everything good in merikkka"

    Yeah, which is due in large part to the fact that it is the blackest state in the country.

    And a quick Google search reveals that the principals of both of the schools mentioned in the report are black....and that the population of the town (and therefore presumably the student bodies, as well) is 70% black.

    So it is pretty clear that what we have here is yet another example of the ingrained homophobia (often mixed with racism) of the Negro race, wherever on the planet they reside....Mississippi, New York, Nigeria, Jamaica, you name it.......

    Posted by: Rick | Dec 17, 2013 3:19:05 PM

  6. @Mark They are from the Southern Poverty Law Center. They've crippled the KKK. I think they can handle this school district.

    Posted by: Rachel | Dec 17, 2013 3:22:56 PM

  7. I grew up in Mississippi, so I know how anybody that is different is treated. It took me until I was 23 to come out, and I lost lots of so called friends, most of whom professed to be Christians. I am so glad I move away and now live in the west where it is much better. I know the only way some of these small minded, go to church only on Sunday Christian, will ever get it is to have it shoved in their face. I just want to say that they are not true Christians, because A true Christian has unconditional love, and helps people not push them down.

    Posted by: Erick | Dec 17, 2013 3:24:59 PM

  8. "They are from the Southern Poverty Law Center. They've crippled the KKK. I think they can handle this school district"

    Yeah, and won't it be priceless to see them have to confront the very same Southern blacks whom they protected from the Klan with their own bigotry and intolerance.

    Posted by: Rick | Dec 17, 2013 3:26:38 PM

  9. God bless the SPLC. What a great group!

    Posted by: Mitch | Dec 17, 2013 3:35:47 PM

  10. We get it, Rick. You're being as racist as possible to incite a negative response. I guess you've decided to be a troll because the main figure of this story wasn't female.

    Posted by: Tyler | Dec 17, 2013 3:37:54 PM

  11. What a vile situation for the poor kid. I hope she gets the respect she deserves.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Dec 17, 2013 3:38:06 PM

  12. The poster Andrew and said very eloquently, "...don't respond to him". But I'm not as responsible and sensible as Andrew. And so,

    Rick, do you think that White Mississippians would like you any better than Black Mississippians if they ALL knew about your sexual history?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Dec 17, 2013 3:49:07 PM

  13. @Derrick Try as desperately as you will, Derrick, you cannot deflect attention from the fact that the overwhelming majority of the time that a story like this involving OVERT and FLAGRANT homophobia appears on this site--or on any other media outlet, the culprits turn out to be black......even as hard as the white liberals reporting the story try to cover up that fact (as they obviously did in this instance).

    Facts are facts, like them or not.

    Posted by: Rick | Dec 17, 2013 3:55:09 PM

  14. @Derrick Regardless of how hard you try to deflect attention from the facts, the reality is that the overwhelming majority of the time a case of overt and blatant harrassment of this sort is reported on this site (or in any other media outlet), regardless of where in the country or the world it takes place, the culprits turn out to be black......and that is not a coincidence.

    Facts are facts, like it or not.

    Posted by: Rick | Dec 17, 2013 4:03:01 PM

  15. butch lesbs are as disgusting as fem gays, they're just a propaganda of heterosexuality who wants to portray homosexuality as deviation

    Posted by: litper | Dec 17, 2013 4:05:52 PM

  16. And the fact is I'm a complete and utter coward who hates blacks and effeminate liberal gays almost as much as my parents hated not paying for that abortion all those years ago. My name is Rick, I am an impotent troll, and if Andy Towler updates this site's comment section in a way that no longer enables me to post hateful diatribes from a place of complete anonymity I will be forced to finally just die alone.

    Posted by: Rick | Dec 17, 2013 4:07:25 PM

  17. I'd love to lick Andy's tasty manhole!

    Posted by: litper | Dec 17, 2013 4:13:01 PM

  18. Pretty funny, fake Rick.

    Now if this blog would just get one of the systems used by every other blog in existence to fix the identity problem....

    Posted by: emjayay | Dec 17, 2013 8:50:17 PM

  19. Hey Moron Rick;

    Mississippi is CLEARLY run by WHITES. Not Blacks.

    Here's some facts, you slack-jawed piglett;

    Whites: 1,746,099
    Black or African American; 1,033,000

    source; http://www.infoplease.com/us/census/data/mississippi/demographic.html

    Wish to apologize for your Racism, idiot?

    Posted by: q | Dec 18, 2013 11:06:35 AM

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