Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Brody's Notes... Supporter Defends Oklahoma High School Against Lesbian's Accusations

Kelsey Hicks   Photo Via KWTV CBS News 9 Oklahoma City
By Mark Singer (Washington DC) NOV 16 | A supporter of the Midwest City, Oklahoma school district defended Mid-Del schools for their decision to not allow one young Lesbian to re-enroll.
Disputing media reporting that officials at Del  City High School refused to allow Kelsey Hicks to return based on her being openly Lesbian, Andie, who asked that her last name not be used said "None of their claimed problems were caused or even affected by their sexual persuasion!"
The story was first aired by Oklahoma City CBS affiliate KWTV News 9 last week:

Hicks claimed that the principal had said:
"The principal will say 'Well, you're gay. You're not going to do anything with your life. You might as well just drop out now, and get your GED."  She told News9 that "It's stuff to put you down that makes you want to drop out."
Two other young Lesbians present for the interview also claimed bias from the principal of the high school, one, who has since graduated from Del City High, saying that the principal told her that the "Gay" lifestyle was unhealthy. The other said that it was anti-gay bias that had her removed from the school's softball team.
When contacted for a statement, the school district simply acknowledged that none of the girls were currently enrolled and refused further comment.
Andie meanwhile says that none of their claims are true.
"I have talked to several teachers there and they all say these girls were troublemakers, voluntarily dropped out of school, and now are suffering the consequences of their poor actions. This had nothing to do with the fact they liked the same sex! She added that, "I went to school with them, they got kicked out because they're miserable students.
One of the girls is not allowed back into school based on simple geography - she lives with her girlfriend (who cannot legally be her guardian) in Midwest City, not Del City. If she lived with her mom in Del City, she could attend Del City High. Melissa could return to school at any time, but can't receive credits until next semester since she quit the alternative program. Andi then added: "That 3rd girl interviewed? Did graduate and the DCHS administration bent over backwards to help her graduate, so I'm not sure why she's complaining now. Oh-also, Kelsey was told she was unable to play softball due to failing grades and academic ineligibility."
For an Oklahoma school in a conservative district Andi says that school administrators are LGBT friendly and tolerant. On the school district's web page the district's policy reads:
"It is the policy of the Mid-Del Public School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs, services, and activities. The safety of our students is always the priority of Mid-Del Schools."