Principal Who Condemned Gay Students to Hell Resigns, Going to Hell?
We told you yesterday about Haywood County High School’s homophobic principal Dorothy Bond interrupting a talk with students about public displays of affection to point out a group of gay students who in her words “are going to hell.”
We weren’t the only ones who thought Bond’s bigotry sucked the pal right out of principal. After further reports that Bond had threatened to expel gay students on a separate occasion and was overheard saying gay students were not welcome in her school, the ACLU sent a terse letter to the school on behalf of members of the student body and their families.
Less than one day later, Bond is out!
“The Haywood County Board of Education acknowledges its student body’s right to free speech,” the board said in the statement. “Further, the Haywood County Board of Education strives to provide an atmosphere of tolerance and diversity while maintaining high academic standards.”
After school officials announced Bond’s resignation, the ACLU issued another statement praising the school district. “Haywood County School District’s swift action makes it clear that they do not condone the type of harassment and targeted discrimination that was taking place at the high school,” said Hedy Weinberg, executive director of the ACLU of Tennessee. “We applaud the Haywood County School District for affirming students’ right to be who they are and to be free from bullying by school leadership.”
You’ll notice that word of Bond’s departure came not through the school, but rather the school district’s lawyers. This is one of those “You’re fired, jackass! But we’ll let you say you quit” incidents if we ever saw one.
No matter how you slice it, Bond is dunzo, and hopefully life for LGBT students in the Haywood County School District can go back to being a little bit less terrible. They are still in Tennessee though. So let’s not get too excited for these kids.
Many of you commented on our Facebook page yesterday that if an afterlife spent in eternal punishment for the way one lived their life was possible, any betting man would place an adult singled out for systematic child abuse there over teenage boys who may or may not grow up to one day smooch another boy.
What do you think? Can we chalk this one up to a victory?
(via Jackson Sun)