Some more followups

JISHOU, HUNAN — Here’s what I’ve been able to glean from the ‘Net about a few other school-related stories I have followed. Brittany McComb — This Nevada high school senior defied school authorities in 2006 and gave a valedictory that mentioned not only her own Christian devotion but encouraged others to follow Christ too. School officials pulled the plug on her microphone, but she continued to deliver the address. With the support of the conservative Rutherford Institute, McComb filed a civil rights suit in US District Court that July against the school district and the individual school officials. She appeared on Hannity and Fox on cable TV, and ended up a darling of the Christian right. As of Dec. 2007, the case was stalled in the US Court of Appeals, so it may be a while before anything noteworthy happens. McComb is currently a student at Biola University, a Bible-based institution in California. Tericka Dye — A much loved science teacher in western Kentucky, Dye lost her job in 2006 after it got out she had appeared in a few porn movies as “Rikki Andersin” more than decade before. She appealed her dismissal, but lost. She got her moments of ...

Memphis schools defend anti-gay principal

She did nothing wrong when she outed a gay couple to the school community and their parents, according to the Memphis City schools. It was all necessary to maintain school order. Ja, mein commandant! The details are in the local newspaper story here. The district says it is preparing a more formal legal response to a letter the American Civil Liberties Union sent them last week. Meanwhile, some parents want the board to take some disciplinary action against the principal, Daphne Beasley. A small but vocal contingent of parents confronted the board at its meeting Monday evening. “I’m disgusted,” Memphis parent Natasha Burnett told Eyewitness News Everywhere. “I’m disgusted by it.” … “Firing her may be too harsh,” says Burnett, “but something needs to be done about that. No faculty member should be able to out a student like that.” The students in question had just started a relationship that they were trying to keep quiet. The parents of the boys were not aware they were gay, until Beasley called the parents, outraged that they had gay children at her school. Her actions were supposedly to quell “public displays of affection” on campus, but according to one school official students ...

Memphis principal harasses gay student couple

Hot on the heels of the national Day of Silence, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has notified the Memphis public schools that one of their principals violated the rights of two of her students by revealing publicly they were gay. Daphne Beasley, the principal of Hollis F. Price Middle College High School, in September asked her staff over the school intercom to provide her the names of all “hetero and homo” couples in the school, so she could monitor public displays of affection. She then posted the names of the students for all to see. In the process, she outed a gay couple to students, teachers and their parents. The two had just started a discreet relationship. In the letter mailed yesterday, the ACLU charged that Beasley had violated the students’ constitutional rights to equal protection, freedom of expression and association, due process and privacy. The letter demands a response by May 9 to five demands, or the ACLU will pursue legal action. The demands are (1) that policies be implemented to prevent similar acts in the future, (2) that the boys in question be compensated for the harm they suffered by being outed, (3) that Beasley be reprimanded, ...
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