At Alice High School in South Texas a student was recently suspended from school and kicked off the varsity cheerleading team after surveillance cameras caught a band room kiss with another student. If the punishment for kissing in school was to get kicked off the team, the school probably wouldn't have a cheerleading squad. However, the cheerleader claims this is only happening because he's a guy and the person he kissed is another dude.
The student involved in the incident, which was seemingly ripped from a future episode of Glee, didn't want to be identified, but he told the local station KPLC that he believes administrators targeted him because of his sexual orientation. He explained:
"They never check cameras for anything unless something is stolen. We would be the ones getting caught because I'm sure we were the only ones, sexual orientation wise, being caught like that."
He added, "In this school kissing is everywhere, if that were the case, suspending everyone for that, half the school would be suspended." The boy's parents met with school officials last week and threatened to sue if their son wasn't allowed back onto the squad.
Following the meeting, the school issued a statement saying the boy wouldn't be allowed back on the team, and the real reason he was suspended has nothing to do with homophobia. Though, thanks to necessary but irritating school policies on privacy, officials won't say what he did. The statement reads:
The Alice I.S.D. has recently reviewed the recent removal of a student from the Alice High School Cheerleading Squad. After reviewing the Alice I.S.D. Student Code of Conduct and the Cheer Program Handbook, the removal will stay in effect. The student's parents are in agreement with the district's decision. The student code of conduct and cheer handbook are designed to improve conduct and encourage students to adhere to their responsibilities as members of the school community. The student and parents are clearly aware that the student was not removed from the squad for kissing another student at school. While the student is free to discuss certain aspects of his discipline in the media, the District cannot discuss the specifics of this incident and must respect the privacy rights of the students involved in this matter.
Well then, looks like there's nothing to see here! Oh, except for this: The boy says that the school's claim that his "parents are in agreement with the district's decision" isn't true at all. His parents still think the decision was wrong and believe the boy is being punished for being gay, they've just given up the fight. Hopefully his parents can scrape together enough cash to send him to the homophobia-free oasis that is the Dalton Academy.
Cheerleaders Says He Was Kicked Off Squad For Gay Kiss [KPLC TV]
TX School District Denies Student Was Removed From Cheerleading Squad Over Gay Kiss [Dallas Voice]
Alice ISD Chooses Not To Reverse Cheerleader's Suspension From Team [KRIS TV]
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