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  • 'Let The Little Homo Sue': City Commissioner Slams Gay High School Student Suspended Over Dance Date

    The high school student suspended after wanting to bring a same-sex date to his high school's dance has a new critic: an elected official.

    WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

    Remember Lance Sanderson, the Christian Brothers High School student who was suspended Monday after asking if he could bring a same-sex date to his school's Homecoming dance? 

    Lance didn't do anything wrong, and after being denied his request, he didn't even attend the dance, but administrators in his private Memphis, Tennessee school suspended him anyway.

    One local elected official took to Facebook to denounce Lance, and the entire LGBT community.

    Clark Plunk, the Lakeland, Tennessee Commissioner, on his Facebook page, according to WMC Action News 5, dared Lance to sue the school, calling him a "little homo," calling all gay people "vicious spiteful people," and saying gay people are "a threat to our values, our Christian values," and "mean, cruel spiteful people with an axe to grind."

    Below is Plunk's full Facebook comment, exactly as reported by Towleroad:

    It’s a Christian school so i you don’t like the rules don’t go there. As usual you have one person trying to change the rules just for himself. I’m told by the alumni the gay kid is looking for publicity. I hate the term gay. It makes them sound like they are happy and ‘Gay’ And they want to call people that criticize them homophobes to make them sound mean. As a whole, gays are mean, cruel spiteful people with an axe to grind.

    The kids love the school a hate their school is in the limelight over a gay kid and his gay boyfriend….This is not about a homo and his rights it’s about a school that is loved by thousands and their memories and their right to keep their history and Christian values intact.

    I would say let the little homo sue all he wants. The alumni of CBHS will meet him dollar for dollar and lawyer for lawyer. This is a threat to our values, our Christian values. Everyone shudders when the homosexuals say the word sue. They are vicious spiteful people.

    Plunk told WREG"I stand by what I said, maybe I didn't say it the right way."

    On his own Facebook page, Lance took the high road.

    "I have been shown a few intolerant comments that were made against myself and other LGBT people," the teen writes. "I have nothing but forgiveness for the people who wrote or agree with these comments."

    "I recognize that we all have different beliefs and were taught from varying viewpoints. I hope that individuals and the community as a whole will use this as an opportunity to learn about other people's beliefs. I know that through education and acceptance, we will move forward as a stronger community," Lance added.

    The Executive Director of the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center spoke out against Commissioner Plunk's attack.

    "So it’s one thing to attack an 18-year-old high school student, Will Batts told WMC News. "That’s a problem in and of itself. But the comments themselves are talking about all of us. All of us in the LGBT community."

    Batts reminds the Commissioner that he "has people in his community that are LGBT. People that he serves, pay his salary, and he’s making these hurtful, just dangerous comments."

    He adds, "we know there are plenty of studies that show that this type of speech is what causes harm to young people."

    Plunk's Facebook page contains this quote: "Be kind to each person you meet because each person is carrying their own special burden."

     

    EARLIER:

    Gay Teen Suspended After Wanting To Bring A Date To Dance: School Asking Students To Not Discuss It

    High School Suspends Gay Student Who Wanted To Bring Same-Sex Date To Dance

    Gay Teen Not Allowed To Bring A Male Homecoming Date For 'Logistical Reasons'

     

    Hat tip: Raw Story and Towleroad
    Image: Screenshot via WMC Action News

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    • commented 2015-10-05 03:48:24 -0400
      This guy reminds me of the people I use to work for…

    • commented 2015-10-03 01:56:05 -0400
      like many gays I am also mean and spiteful and have several axes to grind.
      lmao what a joke

    • commented 2015-10-02 10:22:39 -0400
      He’s a hateful, bigoted asshole, but I agree on one point: if you don’t want to follow the rules, don’t go to the school. I do wonder why making a request is against the rules, though.

    • commented 2015-10-02 09:43:03 -0400
      PS For an elected official, he has horrible writing skills. A little proof reading goes a long way to making one at least appear to have a brain.

    • commented 2015-10-02 09:40:16 -0400
      If it was personal, why post it on Facebook? The statements were uncalled for and attack us all. This man should not be a leader of any kind if he harbors such disdain for any minority. If he thinks this about us, chances are he has some thought about other minorities that are no better. As for the school, if they receive ANY state funds, federal funds or is tax exempt, I hope the kid does sue. Otherwise there is nothing he can do and I would advise he find a school where he is accepted. His parents should have taken this into consideration when enrolling him in a religiously based school in the first place.

    • commented 2015-10-02 09:00:59 -0400
      I hope his parents sue and the school is forced to close due to the financial hardship. Enough said!!!

    • commented 2015-10-02 04:19:28 -0400
      Oh no you don’t. How dare. Dare you call people like me vicious that is hurtful and malicious

    • commented 2015-10-02 04:06:04 -0400
      A Petition is needed to oust that bigoted, hateful elected official. This is outrageous and homophobic behavior. Maybe he and Kim Davis should get together. Get rid of this big mouth bastard!

    • commented 2015-10-01 22:34:17 -0400
      Plunk complains that LGBT people are “mean, cruel spiteful people”. In other words, LGBT people are giving back just a little of what they have been receiving for years. How do those shoes feel, Plunky baby?

    • commented 2015-10-01 22:20:15 -0400
      honestly, I’m gay and I’m tired off all this bullshit! If the school and him would come to fucking agreement then none of us would have to listen to it!

    • commented 2015-10-01 19:16:28 -0400
      Does Clark Plunk, the Lakeland, Tennessee Commissioner, have any formal education or is he home schooled or attended a church school. He not only shows insensitivity but a total lack of academic learning: psychology, sociology, history he is exceptionally weak in and “Christian values” do not reflect most Christians, but the Dark Ages, threats intimidation, estrangement, denial of equality—Christian values that made the world a dark place and saw the slaughter of more than a million people during the crusades, burning books and executing teachers during the early Middle Ages, etc. Christianity has been a hateful organizations ever since it was created by the Emperor Constantine I in 325 CE, and strengthened by the Emperor Theodosius at the end of the century.

    • commented 2015-10-01 17:25:55 -0400
      This saddens me because I attended a LaSallian High School in another city. Yes, long ago.

    • commented 2015-10-01 16:35:19 -0400
      So this kid wasn’t suspended for bringing [according to this Christian private school] an “inappropriate” date. He was suspended for having the audacity to be an out gay teen. Don’t ask, don’t tell: Christian school version. What BS.

    • commented 2015-10-01 16:02:39 -0400
      Clark Plunk. His name is the same sound a turd makes when it hits the water.

    • commented 2015-10-01 15:59:27 -0400
      Funny he’s bigoted about gay folk yet hes perfectly ok with ILLEGALLY growing pot and posting pics of it on his fb. I think karma needs to just hit him and arrest him for growing weed illegally. What kind of example are you as a commissioner with committing illegal acts??? Figures he feels he’s above the law in ANYTHING he chooses lol

    • commented 2015-10-01 15:40:23 -0400
      I hope the boy prevails but this is a Christian (Catholic) school and they are like ‘dont ask, dont tell’ If you want to be a closet case as a teacher or student…no problem but the second you publicly announce your orientation…expect a firm book in the ass.

    • commented 2015-10-01 15:18:04 -0400
      Not surprised. you should read some of the other stuff on his FB page. Really sad.

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