Courtesy of ABC News24:
Parents are hot under the collar and the comments could drive a wedge between people living there.
“At first she was talking about PDA and she turned around and she directly pointed to the gay people and said if you're gay you're going to hell and if you're pregnant, you're life is over,” Amber Whittiemore said.
Whittiemore wasn't there to hear those words but her friend, who is gay, was. She called Amber in tears.
“When I heard about it, I was outraged,” said Haywood High School parent Tony Snipes.
Snipes says Principal Dorothy Bond has a habit of pushing the envelope.
“A couple of years ago when she was principal over at Sunny Hill one of my children had his hair in braids. At an assembly she told the young men if they're sitting between the legs of a girl getting their hair braided for a few hours, that they must be gay,”
Snipes was ticked then and is even more so now with the newest claims about controversial statements from the Haywood High principal, which he says boil down to “If you're pregnant or homosexual, you're not welcome to Haywood County High School.”
Yet another example of how a particular religious faith makes it impossible for some people to be tolerant of gay people or people who do not believe as they do.
Even if this is what this woman believes with ALL of her heart to be true, she has no right to say that to children in her care.
The ACLU believes that as well and has sent a letter to the Haywood County school district superintendent which reads in part:
Multiple students contacted the ACLU to express concerns about an assembly that took place on Feb. 9. At the assembly, Principal Bond reportedly said that gay people are “ruining their lives” and threatened to administer severe punishment – including 60-day suspensions, assignments to an alternative school or expulsion – to any students who were observed publicly displaying affection for members of the same sex. The school already has a policy on public displays of affection that is neutral regarding sexual orientation.
The incident appears to be part of a broader pattern of official anti-gay remarks and policies by the principal, and of incorporating prayers and proselytizing into school events. On one occasion, school officials scolded students who did not bow their heads in prayer and threatened them with discipline. On another occasion, the principal told a lesbian student that she would go to “hell” because of her sexual orientation.
“Students have the right to be who they are at school,” said Amanda Goad, staff attorney with the ACLU LGBT Project. “LGBT students and pregnant and parenting students have just as much right to complete their education as any other student, but too often they face significant barriers or outright discrimination. It’s appalling to think that a principal would kick students out of public school based on her personal religious views.”
Lately some have been asking WHY I call out certain religious groups or openly question the idea of blind faith.
Well the answer is due to situations just like this one. The ENTIRE reason that this principal holds this point of view, and feels compelled to inflict it on these teenagers, is due to her absolute faith in her pastor's interpretations of a book written thousands of years ago.
In my personal opinion ANY parent or authority figure who tells impressionable children that if they do not behave in a certain way they will suffers excruciating agony FOR ALL ETERNITY in a fiery subterranean cave of horrors, is guilty of child abuse.
The damage they do to the psyche's of children is right up there with the damage done by a child molester. It can last a lifetime and, in some cases, be completely debilitating to certain individuals.
Specifically if they're gay.
Update: The principal has resigned her position:
Haywood County High School’s principal has resigned after a national civil rights organization said she made anti-LGBT remarks and threatened to expel gay students.
A statement released by the Haywood County School Board’s law firm, Purcell, Sellers & Craig Inc., said Principal Dorothy Bond tendered her resignation Thursday.
“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.”
Well let's calk one up for the good guys!