Something important has just come to our attention. Listen to what Elyse Cottrell of Ottowa, Canada, has to say after signing the CHS Petition:
"Apparently the administrators don't know or don't remember Eric Mohat, Meredith Rezak, Nicholas Kelo Jr... these are just some of the names of teens in Ohio who were bullied for "being gay" and committed suicide. Austin Rodriguez of Ohio was also bullied for being gay and attempted to kill himself.
Obviously there is an issue in OHIO where LGBT teens need support, not discrimination and intolerance."
We, as human beings, cannot foretell what is to come in the near future. However, Erick and I, as well as the people of Celina, OH, would hope not to see the death of an innocent person.
Please CHS, don't let the situation come to this.
Pro-gay shirts controversial at Celina School
By Eric Adams
A group of Celina City Schools students say its unfair that administrators will not allow them to wear T-shirts with pro-gay sentiments while others are allowed to wear political shirts and pro-life messages.
Students reached out to several media outlets after recent events and have been contacted by an equality activist.
Administrators first objected to students Bethany Holbrook, a freshman, and Taylor Walter, a junior, wearing T-shirts openly expressing their homosexuality during "twin day" last week. The girls were forced to take off the shirts...
BY IDA LIESZKOVSZKY
Earlier this week, 20 students at Celina High School were told to remove T-shirts featuring a pro-gay design. The students say they were initially told they can’t wear the T-shirts because they contain a political message, though the school’s superintendent, Jesse Steiner, later said students were asked to remove their T-shirts because they were disruptive.
Celina HIgh School’s dress code policy does not ban political clothing, but it does ban anything that might “disrupt the education program.”
Now the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio has sent the high school a letter urging administrators to reconsider their ban on the pro-gay clothing, calling it a suppression of free speech. It also says the excuse for telling the students to change their clothing was a “heckler’s veto.”...