Some bigots simply need to be taken out behind the woodshed and soundly beaten about the head with a clue-by-four.
It seems that the principal of Tharptown High School in Russellville, Alabama, Gary Odom, is offended that at least one of his students is a lesbian, and she intends to bring her girlfriend to the prom. He’s so upset, in fact, that he’s threatening to cancel the prom altogether.
From the ACLU’s “Russellville, Alabama School Prom Discrimination”:
Cynthia Stewart, a 17-year-old junior at Tharptown High School in northern Alabama, is a member of her school’s prom planning committee, had personally raised over $200 for the prom, and created the theme her classmates had chosen for the dance. She is also an out lesbian.
Sounds to me like she’s a pretty cool kid. But things get more interesting as the prom itself draws near:
When Cynthia approached her principal to ask if she could bring her girlfriend with her to the prom, he said no. He also made Cynthia remove a sticker she was wearing that said, “I am a lesbian,” telling her, “You don’t have that much freedom of speech at school.” Cynthia’s aunt and guardian, Kathy Baker, then appealed the principal’s decision to the school board. But the board let the decision to bar Cynthia from bringing her girlfriend to the prom stand.
I’m guessing that the Franklin County Schools are about to get a heaping helping of some well-deserved legal whoop-ass delivered to them from the ACLU.
If you’d like to contact the school, or principal Gary Odom himself, you can do so from the Tharptown High School web page. Their address and telephone number are there as well in the event that you’d rather speak to them personally or send a card or letter.