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A Memphis high school principal, fed up with public displays of affection in the hallways, allegedly displayed a list of couples — including some who are gay — in the school, publicly outing the boys and violating their privacy, according to one of the students involved.
Memphis Principal Daphne Beasley is being accused of posting a list naming the school’s teenage gay couples — without their O.K. — in an effort to combat public displays of affection.
“I really feel that my personal privacy was invaded,” Nicholas, one of the young men who claims his sexuality was exposed without his approval by his principal, told ABC News’ Memphis affiliate Eyewitness News Everywhere. “I mean, Principal Beasley called my mother and outted me to my mother!
Well, Nicholas, here’s a lesson for you: What you feel is neither here nor there. Others need not be governed by your feelings. You outed yourself. The principal remarked upon your public behavior. And you don’t have a privacy interest in your public behavior:
“The principal did not list any information other than students’ names on her personal call list, and she certainly did not specify the sexual orientation of any student,” said Van D. Turner, Jr., associate general counsel of the Memphis City Schools Board of Education, in a statement provided to ABCNEWS.com. “Additionally, the list was never posted publicly anywhere at the school.”
Originally posted by Master_Wii
The principal clearly exceeded her authority, and acted completely inappropriately. It is outrageous and cruel. These teens may not have come out to their parents due to fear of being disowned, kicked out, beaten up, etc. This principal should be fired and the school district sued.
Sun, who told ABCNEWS.com that she believes the Memphis school district to be "homophobic," said that Nicholas' mother — who was "shocked" to hear that her son is gay — reported that Beasley said she "had a problem with homosexuality" and that "homosexuality will not be tolerated."