Calif. Teacher Calls Gay Student Sinner
BY Advocate.com Editors
March 14 2011 2:25 PM ET
Students and teachers at a high school in California’s Inland Empire have submitted a number of complaints of antigay harassment to the Perris Union High School District, including allegations that a teacher called a lesbian student a “sinner.”
According to the allegations, a teacher at Paloma Valley High School in Menifee, Calif., wrote an S on a student’s hand and called her a sinner.
Teachers and students took a number of complaints to school administrators, the
school district, and the American Civil Liberties Union.
Among the other complains, a student group claims it was kept from planning an activity to honor gay and lesbian history month, and gay senior Andrew Braham (pictured) says he was unfairly disciplined after a dispute with a classmate he claims was harassing him.
A spokeswoman for the district says administrators take the complaints “very, very seriously” and the school has held antibullying assemblies and now has a Peer Leadership Uniting Students program, a group that encourages students to intervene and report harassment or bullying.
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