High school suspended gay student for wearing ‘provocative’ T-shirt

A gay student was suspended from high school after refusing to take off her “Nobody Knows I’m a Lesbian” T-shirt.

 

Brianna Popour said that she wore it to reach out to others who may be struggling to come out. But when she came to Chesnee High School, in South Carolina, she claims she was told to take off the shirt or to go home.

 

She refused to take off the shirt, and argued that there was nothing in the school’s dress code that she violated wearing it. But anyway, she was suspended.

 

Brianna stated to WSPA: “I’ve worn this shirt before and nobody’s ever said anything.”

 

According to WCBD 2 News: “[dress code states] clothing deemed distracting, revealing, overly suggestive or otherwise disruptive will not be permitted.”

 

Brianna’s mother, Barbara Popour, told WSPA: “[the school administrator] does not like people in his school wearing anything that says anything about lesbians, gays, or bisexuals.”

 

Director of the Children, Youth and Family Program, Ellen Kahn, at Human Rights Campaign Foundation, condemned the school’s act saying “it’s quite an extreme measure”.

 

She told Dailymail.com: “It’s not only hurtful to Brianna who was simply expressing who she is. But it creates a much more hostile and tense environment for other LGBT students, and other students who want to be more supportive.”

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High school will apologies to girl suspended for wearing “offensive and distracting” T-shirt

Chesnee High School, in South Carolina, suspended an openly gay teenage girl student, after she disobeyed to take off T-shirt they found it “offensive and distracting” to other students. It was printed in capital letters “Nobody Knows I’m a Lesbian”.

The school’s Principal Thomas Ezell, received a letter from Law firm Lambda Legal, after which one he agreed to allow the student to come back in school, and to allow her to wear the T-shirt.

Additionally, Ezell confirmed that the incident will not affect Brianna’s school record, and that the school will apologies to her.

The student, Briana Popour, said: “I’m so happy that i can wear my T-shirt. Too many lesbian and gay students feel ashamed of who they are, and I’m glad the school won’t be contributing to that even more.”

She also added: “My shirt is just an expression of who I am, and I hope my school will help other students like me know that they can be proud of who they are, too.”

Tara Borelli, Senior Attorney in Lambda Legal’s Southern Regional Office, stated: “We commend the school for reversing its position and following its legal obligations.”

She continued saying: “LGBT students should not be told that they are being “offensive and distracting” just for openly acknowledging who they are. First Amendment rights apply to all students, and efforts to silence LGBT youth will not go unchallenged.”

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Gay student suspended from high school for T-shirt’s message

Brianna Popour, an openly gay student at Chesnee High School, in South Carolina, was suspended for wearing a T-shirt with printed big letters “Nobody Knows I’m a Lesbian”.

She said that she wore that shirt to reach out to other students who may be struggling coming out. But when school staff noticed the T-shirt, they sent her to the front office. They gave her two options, to take off her shirt or to go home.

She refused to take off the shirt, and started explaining that there is nothing in the school’s dress code that she violated. At the end, she was suspended.

Briana reported to WSPA 2 News: ““I’ve worn this shirt before and nobody’s ever said anything.”

As WCBD 2 News reporting: ““[dress code states] clothing deemed distracting, revealing, overly suggestive or otherwise disruptive will not be permitted.”

Barbara Popour, Brianna’s mother, said for WSPA: “[the school administrator] does not like people in his school wearing anything that says anything about lesbians, gays, or bisexuals.”

Also Ellen Kahn, director of the Children, Youth and Family Program at Human Rights Campaign Foundation, stepped in and condemned the school’s move, saying “it’s quite an extreme measure”.

She reported to Dailymail.com: “It’s not only hurtful to Brianna who was simply expressing who she is. But it creates a much more hostile and tense environment for other LGBT students, and other students who want to be more supportive.”

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