High School Principal Goes on Gay Witch-Hunt

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...another example of what happens when legal discrimination is acceptable. This principal is now gone - but how many lives did he harm during his reign of bigotry?







(Ponce de Leon, Florida) A federal judge has accused a Florida high school principal of going on a witch hunt for gays.









In a stinging rebuke, US District Judge Richard Smoak, said in a written ruling that Ponce de Leon High School principal David Davis led a “relentless crusade” against homosexuality at the school.



“Davis embarked on what can only be characterized as a witch hunt,” Smoak’s ruling said. The ruling also said that Davis led “morality assemblies” that ignored the First Amendment.



The written ruling was released two months after student Heather Gillman and the American Civil Liberties Union won a free-speech lawsuit that cost the school district $325,000.





Davis has since been replaced as principal.





During the two-day trial in May, Davis testified that he believed clothing, buttons or stickers featuring rainbows would make students automatically picture gay people having sex.





He went on to admit that while censoring rainbows and gay pride messages, he allowed students to wear other symbols many find controversial, such as the Confederate flag.





Gillman, a 16-year-old junior at Ponce de Leon High School, sued the school with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union after she was told she could not wear buttons, stickers or clothing that supported LGBT civil rights.





The ACLU last November sent a letter to the school board’s attorney on behalf of Gillman, asking for clarification as to whether a variety of symbols and slogans, such as the rainbow flag or “I support my gay friends,” would be allowed at the school.





The school district replied that it would not allow any expressions of support for gay rights at all because such speech would “likely be disruptive.”





The district then said that such symbols and slogans were signs that students were part of a “secret/illegal organization.”





Tensions began in September 2007, when a lesbian student tried to report to school officials that she was being harassed by other students because she is a lesbian. Instead of addressing the harassment, students say the school responded with intimidation, censorship and suspensions.





Prior to the release of his written ruling, Smoak issued an order that forced the school to stop its censorship of students who want to express their support for gay people. The judge also warned the district not to retaliate against students over the lawsuit.
 
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Ponce De Leon is in Northwest Florida not far from where I live (whilst not in Iraq). That area of Florida still has a "deep south" type of culture. It's only natural for them to find confederate flags acceptable and gay rainbows not. It's not the best place live if you are gay.
 
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pensacola_niceman said:
Ponce De Leon is in Northwest Florida not far from where I live (whilst not in Iraq). That area of Florida still has a "deep south" type of culture. It's only natural for them to find confederate flags acceptable and gay rainbows not. It's not the best place live if you are gay.
That's sad.
Americans should be able to feel comfortable living in any American town.
 
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Yes, but people of the deep south are good God-fearing decent people. They are staunchly patriotic and have good decent values. They go to Baptist church on Sunday. They abhor drugs and only drink alcohol. As long as you were born in America, anglo-saxon, and not gay, they will accept you.
 
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Yes, but people of the deep south are good God-fearing decent people. They are staunchly patriotic and have good decent values. They go to Baptist church on Sunday. They abhor drugs and only drink alcohol. As long as you were born in America, anglo-saxon, and not gay, they will accept you.
If they hate entire groups of people for no other reason than who they are, they're not "decent" at all. They're part of the problem.
 
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If they hate entire groups of people for no other reason than who they are, they're not "decent" at all. They're part of the problem.


You mean the way you hate Christians and champions of traditional marriage?

 
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OnTheLeft said:
That's sad.
Americans should be able to feel comfortable living in any American town.


I agree.



Apparently people in Ponce de Leon don't feel comfortable living among openly homosexual people.



But of course that has to be their fault and has nothing to do with the homosexuals.




 
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OnTheLeft said:
If they hate entire groups of people for no other reason than who they are, they're not "decent" at all. They're part of the problem.
That doesn't apply to the "southern lifestyle." Their way of life is beyond reproach.
 
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pensacola_niceman said:
That doesn't apply to the "southern lifestyle." Their way of life is beyond reproach.




Replace "southern lifestyle" with "homosexuals" and you have described the nature of their delusion!
 
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pensacola_niceman said:
Yes, but people of the deep south are good God-fearing decent people. They are staunchly patriotic and have good decent values. They go to Baptist church on Sunday. They abhor drugs and only drink alcohol. As long as you were born in America, anglo-saxon, and not gay, they will accept you.




Personally, whereas I do not believe in gay rights,I do not believe in lack of rights for the same. Even if in fundamental thought, one can label homosexual sex as sin, it is not something to demonstrate a hatred toward those who are then caught in that sin.



Show me the "good God-fearing decent people" of Ponce de Leon and I betcha a vast number demonstrate their sin by their obesity.



And as to picturing people having sex for seeing rainbow stickers...ewww. Maybe one can picture people drinking for seeing a Bud sign in a bar, or picture people over-eating for seeing a sign outside the church saying Annual Church Picnic too.



OD

 
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