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No Punishment for Homophobic Fla. Principal

No Punishment for Homophobic Fla. Principal


The principal of a Pompano Beach, Fla., high school will not face any consequences after he threatened two female students with suspension and outed them to their parents after he saw them holding hands.

Principal Karlton Johnson was driving a golf cart on the campus of Blanche Ely High School on May 3 when he spotted a female couple, the names of which the school district is not releasing. Johnson lectured the girls, separated them, threatened them with suspension, and then alerted their families to their relationship. The girls complained to the superintendent, who defended her employee. The superintendent, Sharon Airaghi, said Johnson was within his rights as all hand-holding at her schools is not allowed, while a conservative church pastor has been heralding Johnson's actions concerning the two girls.

"It's irresponsible because these kids are literally being put in danger," Kris Drumm, the director of youth and family for Sunshine Social Services, Inc., told the South Florida Times regarding the principal outing the students. "The parents are not prepared to hear this information and the youths end up abused or homeless after being thrown out of the house. This is serious."

Blanche Ely High School is part of the Broward County School District, the nation's sixth-largest school district.

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