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Tennessee: Yearbook profile of a gay student provokes controversy

3:37 pm - 05/05/2012
The publication of an article about a gay student in the yearbook of Lenoir City High School has provoked outrage, after one of the board members of the school wrote a blog-post asking for the journalism teacher to be sacked, and for a police investigation into the matter.

The article in question is about a student Zac Mitchell, who is openly gay, and where he describes his coming out, his family reactions, a cross-dressing experience, and donation to gay-rights organisations. A high-resolution picture of this piece, with the full text of the article, can be accessed by clicking this link.

The article was written by a female student who remains anonymous, and included for publication by James Yoakley, who teaches journalism at the school based in Tennessee, just outside of Knoxville.

However, one school board member, Van Shaver, immediately denounced the move in very strong terms on his blog, in a post titled “It’s not OK.” He called the publication of the article “despicable,” and called for an investigation by both school administrators and law enforcement into the matter. It is unclear what law, if any, the article is meant to have broken. Read more...Collapse )


source had fucking had enough of straight people and their bullshit.
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thecityofdis 6th-May-2012 03:49 pm (UTC)

the_gabih 6th-May-2012 04:03 pm (UTC)

'Concerned citizens' my arse. Fucking bigoted busybodies.
kalikahuntress 6th-May-2012 08:53 pm (UTC)
'source had fucking had enough of straight people and their bullshit.'

YES, I am so sick of these fuckers.
kyra_neko_rei 6th-May-2012 11:46 pm (UTC)
Having explained why these assholes and their bigotry are wrong more times than I can count, and having won a bingo game from this one alone, I will forego the reasonable, calm, politely cutting response, and say this:

Mr. Van Shaver, please sit down on something sharp, on fire, or explosive, and spin until you can see Tuesday.
tigerdreams 7th-May-2012 04:39 am (UTC)
What was censored earlier this year was an article defending the rights of atheism, and the separation of Church and State, which was voted down by the City Superintendent, Wayne Miller.


Local news media report that petitions are now being circulated not only for Mr Yoakley to be sacked, but also to deny young Mr Mitchell the right to attend his graduation ceremony.


I would like to invite Mr. Shaver to go set his head on fire.
callmepatsy 7th-May-2012 02:07 pm (UTC)
"If it is found or known that Mr. Yoakley or any other teacher at any time has had any conversations or discussions with this student or any other student about their sexual orientation, sexual activities or anything about their private lives prior to those students being of legal age, those teachers should be charged with child sex abuse by an authority figure and arrested."

So, by this rule, a heterosexual teacher who, say, mentions his wife, should be charged with child sex abuse? After all, he's telling them his sexual orientation...

crossfire 7th-May-2012 05:29 pm (UTC)
It is unclear what law, if any, the article is meant to have broken.

The law of where we're not supposed to exist.
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