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(Salon)   Arkansas school that banned gay student's coming out story in yearbook relents to public pressure. Ha, just kidding, they doubled down and banned other students from mentioning his coming out story   (salon.com) divider line 276
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2014-03-19 01:16:53 PM  
"I personally I do not think there's a risk of that because everyone in the school already knows. It's not a secret," Bruner told KLRT. "He did come out last year and he did it over a social networking site so everyone knows already, and the story, like I said, is talking about how accepting everyone has been toward him."

That's why the school is so threatened by it.
 
2014-03-19 01:22:59 PM  
A yearbook is no place for coming of age stories.  You want to share stories of your personal growth and finding peace with who you are,  write it on your crappy blog.
 
2014-03-19 01:33:42 PM  
That's quite a lesson they're teaching there.
 
2014-03-19 01:42:14 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: That's quite a lesson they're teaching there.


You're the real monster, Sir.

How dare you be intolerant of the rights of those school administrators to be intolerant of others. How dare you stifle their first Amendment rights, Sir.
 
2014-03-19 01:46:33 PM  

hardinparamedic: Marcus Aurelius: That's quite a lesson they're teaching there.

You're the real monster, Sir.

How dare you be intolerant of the rights of those school administrators to be intolerant of others. How dare you stifle their first Amendment rights, Sir.


Yes, what about the Christians who don't want that kind of filth in their yearbook?
 
2014-03-19 01:53:13 PM  
Something about Streissand applies here.
 
2014-03-19 01:54:22 PM  
As John Lyon at the Arkansas News Bureau reports, Sheridan High School cut seven student profiles in the yearbook after officials learned that a profile on high school junior Taylor Ellis, written by a fellow classmate and yearbook editor Hannah Bruner, addressed Ellis' coming-out story and experiences with his fellow students.

I read that reporters name with an extra letter. It was a lot weirder that way.
 
2014-03-19 02:38:31 PM  

EvilEgg: hardinparamedic: Marcus Aurelius: That's quite a lesson they're teaching there.

You're the real monster, Sir.

How dare you be intolerant of the rights of those school administrators to be intolerant of others. How dare you stifle their first Amendment rights, Sir.

Yes, what about the Christians who don't want that kind of filth in their yearbook?


Umm, grow up? Probably should've sent your crotch fruit to private school if you don't want them to be exposed to different people.
 
2014-03-19 02:46:24 PM  
The derp brigade will turn this on its head as usual and say that they're the real victims, being oppressed, persecuted, etc. etc. What about their right to openly state that others are subhuman and act on that "belief"? What about them???
 
2014-03-19 02:47:01 PM  
Free the Sheridan Ls and Gs!
 
2014-03-19 02:48:05 PM  
Arkansas.  Making Arizona look good by comparison in alphabetized lists of states for over 100 years.
 
2014-03-19 02:48:45 PM  

dj_bigbird: Something about Streissand applies here.


Isn't that always true?
 
2014-03-19 02:50:32 PM  

whatsupchuck: Arkansas.  Making Arizona look good by comparison in alphabetized lists of states for over 100 years.


Perhaps but compared the surrounding southern states, Arkansas comes out looking pretty good.
 
2014-03-19 02:51:32 PM  

sigdiamond2000: he story, like I said, is talking about how accepting everyone has been toward him."

That's why the school is so threatened by it.


THAT
 
2014-03-19 02:52:00 PM  
Don't buy the yearbook in protest.  Or buy it and burn it in a video on your blog, maybe even gather others for a larger spectacle.  You can easily "shame" the school in any number of free-speech ways as a nice regular reminder of the school's hypocrisy (catering to one group while saying 'we dont cater to special interests').

Of course they dug in the heels on this issue.  My surprise-o-meter didnt budge a millimeter.
 
2014-03-19 02:52:38 PM  

whatsupchuck: Arkansas.  Making Arizona look good by comparison in alphabetized lists of states for over 100 years.


I thought Arizona only hated Mexicans, while Arkansas hates anyone who isn't Jesus.
 
2014-03-19 02:53:09 PM  

EvilEgg: hardinparamedic: Marcus Aurelius: That's quite a lesson they're teaching there.

You're the real monster, Sir.

How dare you be intolerant of the rights of those school administrators to be intolerant of others. How dare you stifle their first Amendment rights, Sir.

Yes, what about the Christians who don't want that kind of filth in their yearbook?


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I don't want any damn Commies in my yearbook!
And no Christians either!
 
2014-03-19 02:53:17 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Umm, grow up? Probably should've sent your crotch fruit to private school if you don't want them to be exposed to different people.


Your sarcasm detector is broken, isn't it?
 
2014-03-19 02:55:01 PM  

The Flexecutioner: Don't buy the yearbook in protest.  Or buy it and burn it in a video on your blog, maybe even gather others for a larger spectacle.  You can easily "shame" the school in any number of free-speech ways as a nice regular reminder of the school's hypocrisy (catering to one group while saying 'we dont cater to special interests').

Of course they dug in the heels on this issue.  My surprise-o-meter didnt budge a millimeter.


It might have already been charged with student fees in the beginning of the year.
 
2014-03-19 02:55:45 PM  

scottydoesntknow: EvilEgg: hardinparamedic: Marcus Aurelius: That's quite a lesson they're teaching there.

You're the real monster, Sir.

How dare you be intolerant of the rights of those school administrators to be intolerant of others. How dare you stifle their first Amendment rights, Sir.

Yes, what about the Christians who don't want that kind of filth in their yearbook?

Umm, grow up? Probably should've sent your crotch fruit to private school if you don't want them to be exposed to different people.


I'm guessing their profiles are all full of messages of godloving goodness - and I would also guess they probably won't be banned - here's to hoping that there is no double standard
 
2014-03-19 02:56:24 PM  

hardinparamedic: scottydoesntknow: Umm, grow up? Probably should've sent your crotch fruit to private school if you don't want them to be exposed to different people.

Your sarcasm detector is broken, isn't it?


I've been meaning to bring it in for recalibration.
 
2014-03-19 02:57:14 PM  

foo monkey: whatsupchuck: Arkansas.  Making Arizona look good by comparison in alphabetized lists of states for over 100 years.

I thought Arizona only hated Mexicans, while Arkansas hates anyone who isn't Jesus.


You way underestimate Arizona, but I think you get my point.
 
2014-03-19 02:57:14 PM  

EvilEgg: A yearbook is no place for coming of age stories.  You want to share stories of your personal growth and finding peace with who you are,  write it on your crappy blog.


1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-03-19 02:58:28 PM  

StreetlightInTheGhetto: The Flexecutioner: Don't buy the yearbook in protest.  Or buy it and burn it in a video on your blog, maybe even gather others for a larger spectacle.  You can easily "shame" the school in any number of free-speech ways as a nice regular reminder of the school's hypocrisy (catering to one group while saying 'we dont cater to special interests').

Of course they dug in the heels on this issue.  My surprise-o-meter didnt budge a millimeter.

It might have already been charged with student fees in the beginning of the year.


Maybe.  It was always voluntary in my high school days but I can believe that kind of thing too.
 
2014-03-19 02:59:45 PM  
Hey, if schools disallow NRA T-shirts, then they can pretty much disallow anything they want, can't they?  After all, even teh geys need to learn the three R's, in addition to teh two holes.
 
2014-03-19 03:00:27 PM  
Personally - I don't think anyone's sexual preferences are appropriate for a high school year book....

'I'll never forget the first time I found robot-bondage-gangbang porn.  Class of 2015 FTW!'
 
2014-03-19 03:00:35 PM  
I'm not interested enough to read the original story or this one. Is there any chance, and I know this is stupid, that the school didn't want the yearbook politicized? They wouldn't let a straight male write 'banging biatches is awesome' or anything of a similar bent, would they? The yearbook is a place for empty faux philosophical thoughts, not real shiat.
 
2014-03-19 03:02:56 PM  
So if I'm reading this correctly...

School: We cannot include it because it may negatively affect other students and could lead to the student being bullied.

Students: We all know, we support him and think it's an important lesson. You're the only ones being bullies.

School: WHARGARBBLLL
 
2014-03-19 03:04:41 PM  
It's a graduating class's chance to leave their mark, in a yearbook, and instead of celebrating moving forward and growing the fark up, you make yourselves as obsolete as the 50s. Well done, administration. Teach those kids a lesson that all experiences and life should be a sterile, static environment. Memories not made or left, instead just one more swinging door of the man and his machine, as we the cogs wend our way through it to the end and ultimate legacy.
 
2014-03-19 03:05:25 PM  

victrin: So if I'm reading this correctly...

School: We cannot include it because it may negatively affect other students and could lead to the student being bullied.

Students: We all know, we support him and think it's an important lesson. You're the only ones being bullies.

School: WHARGARBBLLL

Then read his stupid blog.

FTFY
 
2014-03-19 03:05:28 PM  

Fark_Guy_Rob: Personally - I don't think anyone's sexual preferences are appropriate for a high school year book....


So, no pics of Homecoming king and queen or prom couples, eh?
 
2014-03-19 03:07:56 PM  

victrin: So if I'm reading this correctly...

School: We cannot include it because it may negatively affect other students and could lead to the student being bullied.

Students: We all know, we support him and think it's an important lesson. You're the only ones being bullies.

School: WHARGARBBLLL


Yes, because we all remember when we were in high school this monolithic group of people called 'students' all had the same thought and feelings.
 
2014-03-19 03:08:10 PM  
There are no doubt many hilariously awful student photos that "could lead to the student being bullied." The school should probably refuse to include those in the yearbook as well.
 
2014-03-19 03:08:10 PM  
Also I would like to know if they allow religious coming out stories. Any stories involving finding Jesus? What about other religions?

That would be a fun test to run.
 
2014-03-19 03:08:42 PM  
Maybe his yearbook profile was:

16 yo GWM sub bottom into sucking, farking, JO, rimming, scat, fisting, group, dad/son, water sports, feet, PnP
 
2014-03-19 03:11:32 PM  

kroonermanblack: I'm not interested enough to read the original story or this one. Is there any chance, and I know this is stupid, that the school didn't want the yearbook politicized? They wouldn't let a straight male write 'banging biatches is awesome' or anything of a similar bent, would they? The yearbook is a place for empty faux philosophical thoughts, not real shiat.


I don't know what his coming out story said, but I'm guessing there's not a lot of "since I came out, I'm getting more cock than a henhouse" in it.

What if it was a foreign student's story of being the new kid at the school and how accepting everyone was of him/her? Would THAT story be banned as well?
 
2014-03-19 03:11:52 PM  
It's funny watching bigots squirm and try to explain how they're not really bigots...
 
2014-03-19 03:14:44 PM  
Anything other than "A Road Not Taken" is A-OK in my book.
 
2014-03-19 03:15:11 PM  
I feel sorry for the gay kids that were unlucky enough to be born in Arkansas or any other of our theocratic states.
 
2014-03-19 03:16:13 PM  
Your coming out has nothing to do with school. I don't care if you made it with your first girl, boy, dog, or cat. Your sexual orientation doesn't belong in a yearbook. Stop pushing your agenda.
 
2014-03-19 03:18:35 PM  
Tell you what, when they let me amend my yearbook to read "Pussy Hound" then you can have your NAMBLA endorsement.
 
2014-03-19 03:19:09 PM  

TheDirtyNacho: It's funny watching bigots squirm and try to explain how they're not really bigots...


Did we read the same article?  Perhaps the superintendent is a bigot (it's not clear from the piece) but she sure wasn't squirming.  In fact, she doubled-down on her decision, according to the title.
 
2014-03-19 03:19:19 PM  
Just like with rural Indiana the best thing you can do is leave Arkansas. Leave. Let it suffer a brain drain just like the rural parts of Indiana. Leave it to dry up and blow in the wind. Move to friendlier states with more accepting laws. Move to the East Coast, West Coast, Canada. Just leave.

You will be so much happier for it.

/I sure am. Left Indiana 18 years ago and the only thing I regret was not leaving there 10 years earlier.
 
2014-03-19 03:19:44 PM  

CynicalLA: I feel sorry for the gay kids that were unlucky enough to be born in Arkansas or any other of our theocratic states.


Surprisingly enough, the college towns and Little Rock have a large and open LGBT local culture. Once you get out of those, however, it's best to at least pretend to be straight, lest you be tarred and feathered if you're lucky.
 
2014-03-19 03:20:29 PM  
If a yearbook isn't the proper place to discuss your proclivities in the bedroom, then I don't know where is.
 
2014-03-19 03:21:50 PM  

umad: If a yearbook isn't the proper place to discuss your proclivities in the bedroom, then I don't know where is.


How much gay porn do you whack to on a daily basis?

I only ask because those who seek to fetishize sexual orientation and make it strictly about sexual intercourse tend to be the most closeted, sexually deviant individuals you're likely to meet.
 
2014-03-19 03:22:29 PM  

ReverendJynxed: Your coming out has nothing to do with school. I don't care if you made it with your first girl, boy, dog, or cat. Your sexual orientation doesn't belong in a yearbook. Stop pushing your agenda.


Which is why yearbooks NEVER show pictures of school dances or other events where couples might be displaying affection towards each other.
 
2014-03-19 03:22:37 PM  
Arkansas has come a long way since I was a school boy for instance I got death threats when people just thought I was gay. I didn't understand as I lived as much as I could inside my head. I didn't even know I was gay then but then I also didn't know why the people that lived outside my head were such jerks. The younger me wouldn't have said asshole.
 
2014-03-19 03:22:55 PM  

hardinparamedic: CynicalLA: I feel sorry for the gay kids that were unlucky enough to be born in Arkansas or any other of our theocratic states.

Surprisingly enough, the college towns and Little Rock have a large and open LGBT local culture. Once you get out of those, however, it's best to at least pretend to be straight, lest you be tarred and feathered if you're lucky.


And California also has parts that are really conservative.  I guess the only option is to stay away from rural areas.
 
2014-03-19 03:23:21 PM  

kroonermanblack: I'm not interested enough to read the original story or this one. Is there any chance, and I know this is stupid, that the school didn't want the yearbook politicized? They wouldn't let a straight male write 'banging biatches is awesome' or anything of a similar bent, would they? The yearbook is a place for empty faux philosophical thoughts, not real shiat.


Why do you think his story was going to say something like  "I love having guys suck my rock-hard cock until I cum in their mouth"?

ReverendJynxed: Your coming out has nothing to do with school. I don't care if you made it with your first girl, boy, dog, or cat. Your sexual orientation doesn't belong in a yearbook. Stop pushing your agenda.


Does the yearbook include pictures of guys dancing with girls at prom or homecoming? Does the yearbook include who won class awards like "cutest couple"? Does the yearbook include shout-outs to opposite-gender significant others? Congratulations, sexual orientation is already a part of the yearbook!
 
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