Sorry for the bad condition of the video but the reason why I posted it is because the original news video and the article accompanying it was altered by the network.
Students and parents from Sullivan High School in Sullivan, IN actually want to ban lgbt students from their prom.
A team of Valley high schoolers and parents petition to ban gays from their prom.
NBC 2′s Paige Preusse reports how Sullivan High School says there’s nothing legally they can do to allow it… several students and parents are taking matters into their own hands. Several parents, students, and others who believe gays should be banned from the Sullivan High School prom met Sunday at the Sullivan First Christian Church.
“We don’t agree with it and it’s offensive to us,” said Diana Medley.
Their idea is to create a separate…traditional prom. Students say there are several others from their high school who agree, but are afraid to take a stand.
“If we can get a good prom then we can convince more people to come and follow what they believe,” said student Kynon Johnson.
And now they want everyone to know where they stand.
“We want to make the public see that we love the homosexuals, but we don’t think it’s right nor should it be publicly accepted,” said a local student.
But not all in the community think what they’re doing is right. “We shouldn’t be condemning people, and that’s what judgement is. Christ came to save the people not to condemn them.” Local man Jim Davis says we’ve all sinned…so why should gays be treated with less respect? “Love them as a person. You don’t have to love what they do, because the gays may not love all the mistakes you make,” said Davis.
The sad part is that Davis was the only person who spoke out against this awful idea. The television report (what you are reading is the transcript from the televised news report which does not allow embedded links) did not seek out anyone who was lgbt or an lgbt ally.
But if you think that is sad, check out this next passage:
Diana Medley is a special education teacher in town. She doesn’t believe anyone is born gay. “I believe that it was life circumstances and they chose to be that way; God created everyone equal,” said Medley. “I don’t understand it. A gay person isn’t going to come up and make some change unless it’s to realize that it was a choice and they’re choosing God,” said Medley.
God help the lgbt student who goes to her school because Medley has shown that she will close them out if they come to her for help. I can’t imagine what she would do if she sees an lgbt student being bullied.
When this controversy goes viral – and I have a feeling that it shall – I am betting that groups like the Family Research Council, the National Organization for Marriage, and networks like Fox News will rally to the side of these awful individuals.
These children and these parents are terrible. This is not merely expressing an opinion, it is mass bullying of lgbt students, some who are probably already struggling with their sexual orientation and are having feelings of sadness, isolation and depression.
Imagine a community of people attacking you, not because of anything you did, but because of their prejudices regarding who you are.
For those who whine that “gays are the bullies,” you need to sit your ass down and check out what’s going on here.
However, according to one student who has written me, those who want to set up a “traditional prom” don’t speak for the school or the community:
I am a senior at Sullivan High School. Just wanted to let all of you know it is NOT the school that is banning same sex couples!! I hate how the school is being made out as the bad guy, that is not the case at all. The only prom that’s banning them is the “traditional prom” that is being held somewhere else (it is not supported by the school). The only way they can go to the traditional prom is if they go with someone of the opposite sex. Sullivan High School is ACCEPTING the same sex couples and the staff at SHS is for the same sex couples going and so are the majority of student and people in the community!!!! I absolutely hate how my town is getting called Anti-Gay Bigots because a few “Christians” are planning a separate prom! Not all of Sullivan is like that I can damn well guarantee it. It appalls me that some people in my community cant accept others for who they are, but like i said not all of us are that narrow minded so please stop saying all of Sullivan County is like that because we aren’t. My date (who is a guy) and I are attending the school prom that is ALLOWING same sex couples to go!
Please like this Facebook group it will help! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Support-the-Sullivan-High-School-Prom-for-All-Students/611335158883992