Utah Middle School Student Outs Himself
A 14-year-old student from the small city of Lehi, Utah, part of Utah County, outed himself while making a school project, reported the Utah news station KSL in a Dec. 14 article.
Rhonda Bromley, a spokeswoman for the school district, told the news station that a teacher at Willowcreek Middle School assigned her students a project to "create an advertisement about themselves" that would be put on display. The 14-year-old made his ad about being gay.
The teacher asked the student if he wanted to display his ad and he told the teacher that he did. School officials were concerned that the student would be bullied because of "negative comments overheard in the hallway."
"When there started to be a little bit of a negative response to that, the administration called him in and got involved," Bromley said.
She also claims that the assistant principal spoke to the 14-year-old and found out that the boy’s parents did not know he was gay. The assistant principal found it necessary that his parents know because the student could be an easy target for bullying. On Dec. 7 the parents met with school officials to discuss the matter.
"In that case, it’s absolutely important that we include parents any time there is a safety issue that has to do with the student," Bromley said. "It’s the responsibility of the school to include the parent."
Around the same time as the meeting, a Facebook page was made with the student’s name. The page claimed that he was outed to his parents by the school and that he was suspended for being gay. Bromley told the news station that the boy was not suspended, but his parents decided to keep him home.
She also says that the district and middle school has been under attack because people believed the school punished the boy for being gay, which is not true.