• Source: Lance Sanderson/Twitter
  • High School Suspends Gay Student Who Wanted To Bring Same-Sex Date To Dance

    A private Christian high school has suspended a male student who wanted to bring a male date to his Homecoming dance – even after he didn't go.

    Lance Sanderson wanted to bring a date to his high school's Homecoming dance. The administrators at Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, a college prep school "in the Catholic and Lasallian traditions," told him no – for "logistical reasons."

    So he started a Change.org petition which garnered almost 24,000 supporters, and his story made headlines.

    Apparently, that was exactly what the administration didn't want.

    Even though Lance decided to not even attempt to bring a date – he didn't even attend the dance Saturday night – Monday morning he was suspended.

    "Today I arrived at school around 6:30am," Lance wrote in a letter to the school's administrators, to explain his side of the story.

    "I sat down to complete my assignments for the classes I planned on attending today. At 7:30am, I was speaking to a teacher when an administrator walked into the room and told me to gather my books and come to the office.

    "When I arrived at the office I was told that the administration 'had 890 other students to worry about' and could not deal with me. I was told to go home for the week. I said goodbye to a few teachers and students, then drove home."

    Lance says he is "hurt by this exclusion," and notes that it "goes against the Lasallian value of brotherhood that the school is supposed to stand for."

    "You won’t let me dance with my date and you won’t let me go to class now either. I had hoped that today would be one for positive conversation going forward. Instead, I was sent home."

    "I haven’t done anything wrong and haven’t hurt anybody," Lance notes. "I want to be welcomed back to the school building today and I want this mean-spirited semi-suspension ended, so that I can do my classwork like anybody else."

    NewNowNext, which first published Lance's letter today, reports that all he did was "speak out for LGBT students everywhere who experience discrimination from faculty and school administrators citing baseless, outdated policies."

    Apparently, that's enough to warrant a week's suspension.

    On its website, Christian Brothers High School says tuition and fees total nearly $14,000 a year.

    Told they have "890 other students to worry about" while his rights and the respect he deserves are being ignored? Hardly the way to educate anyone.


    Image by Lance Sanderson via Twitter 
    Hat tip: NewNowNext


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    • commented 2015-10-01 00:25:11 -0400
      To Sonda, Yes there are 2 sides to every story. Yes Only one side seems to be presented here. But its not particularly helpful to dismiss the story as one sided if you haven’t researched the other side and found where the stories disagree.
      Myself, I often find that its best to let the locals handle it, This applies to almost EVERYTHING. We neednt have an opinion on everything, …especially if we aren’t going to do the research to find the facts.
      Its okay to present the other side of the story if you know the other side.

    • commented 2015-09-29 18:13:53 -0400
      @sonda campbell, Yes, there are two sides to every story. One side is a boy wanted to bring his date to a school dance. Side two, they told him “no”, so he didn’t go. There you have it, both sides of the story. Or do you have some sort of reading comprehension problem? As of this writing, there was no apology from the school for expelling him. The fact that you stand with the school shows what little empathy you have for others that don’t fit your mold of Christianity. You do write like you’re a bitch, and that’s on you. I’m sure that’s not the first time you’ve heard that. Now run along dear, the adults are talking.

    • commented 2015-09-29 09:09:15 -0400
      When are people going to wake up and realize that bigots are going to be bigots. This kid has done a wonderful thing to expose the hypocrisy and hatred of these administrators.

    • commented 2015-09-29 04:19:51 -0400
      Let’s close the doors on the bigot mills. Sign and share
      Remember to share.
      This is the first step. The next is legislation to prohibit religious indoctrination until a child is at the age of informed consent. Remember to share

    • commented 2015-09-28 23:15:04 -0400
      You are absolutely right, there are two sides to every story. And here they are:

      Side 1: this kid is gay and wants to take his current love to the school dance.

      Side 2: The school is run by anti-gay people and any foul names I can’t use here aren’t strong enough or vile enough.

      There are your two sides. He wasn’t being disrespectful to anyone, you idiot, and if he didn’t at least try he would have been disrespectful to himself.

      You’re disgusting. Get out of here.

    • commented 2015-09-28 22:36:02 -0400
      Sonda it’s Clear that your Someone that Very Much dislikes Gay People ,I can see it in Your Wording ,Of Course there two sides to Every story but it’s Clear here that this School is Worried about People would say if they Let a Gay Student Bring his Boyfriend to a School Dance .You know We’re not the Haters here it’s you Supposed Christians who Claim to Love everyone ,I have a Christian Friend so to Speak and she constant ask’s me if i have ever thought of Not being Gay ,Or If I would consider coming to Church and Praying with her and her Priest and she know They together they can fix me .Let me tell You like I tell Her I’m not Broken ,So there’s no fixin me just as this High School Boy Deserves to Go to school now Because he didn’t do anything Wrong , He never went to the Dance . So You Tell Me Who are the Real Haters here US or You Christians .

    • commented 2015-09-28 21:30:09 -0400
      that is such bullshit is all that is just because he is gay and sonda campell u sound like a real bitch he was not being disrespectful for doing what he did he had every right to do that

    • commented 2015-09-28 19:39:09 -0400
      Hire a lawyer, that is all.

    • commented 2015-09-28 19:04:15 -0400
      There are two sides to every story. Furthermore, this article is written from the sole angle to bash Christians. There was no room offered to hear the other side or to apologize. You are a bunch of haters. What this kid did was disrespectful, and he broke the schools policies. He could be permanently expelled for his disrespect towards rules of conduct. I support the school and see that your story is angled in an effort to not tell the truth. Clearly you are manipulating parts of this story to say what ever you want it to say. Because in your story board; you only tell one side of the story. I support the school.

    • commented 2015-09-28 17:46:11 -0400
      If they thought it was bad enough to have the ‘no date’ issue all over the net, wait until this hits the fan. This kid is suppose to miss a weeks worth of class because they have other students to deal with? If I were this young mans parents, I would be suing them for messing with his education for no good reason and want the money back for the week he is out. That or stop any more payments and move the kid to a school that welcomes him.

    • commented 2015-09-28 17:06:31 -0400
      Punishing a student because he let the public know what these clowns did? If they’ve been embarrassed by their actions, they are the ones that need to change — not the student.

    • commented 2015-09-28 16:57:36 -0400
      I don’t know what the big deal is, he never even attended the dance, so why suspend him? Because there are 890 other students to worry about. His parents are paying nearly $14,000 a year for him to attend, yet instead of an open dialog, he gets booted out for a week. If I were his parents I would be very pissed off with the school, and they would never hear the end of it until he was accepted back to school with an apology.

    • commented 2015-09-28 16:56:44 -0400
      Sounds like it is going to be a quick lawsuit. It’s the most effective means to curb bigoted behavior. Sue the crap out of them.

    • commented 2015-09-28 16:47:41 -0400
      14,000 dollars to be treated like cr*p. Totally worth it.

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