Release Documentation
  • Petitioned Jessie Haynes

This petition was delivered to:

Jessie Haynes
Principal, Taylor Center
Thomas Amons
Miranda M. Swiderski
Esther Rodriguez
Joy Gauthia
BISD Superintendent
Beaumont Independent School District
Richard Cantu
Philip Brooks

Release Documentation

    1. Amy J
    2. Petition by

      Amy J

      Beaumont, TX

Beaumont Independent School District pulled it's continuing education Adult Cosmotology Course on September 10th, 2012 after more than a decade of operating it, after collecting registration fees and holding a day of class. On September 13, 2012, allegations surfaced from an program instructor that the course offered through Beaumont Independent School District’s Taylor Career and Technology Center was closing because Principal Thomas Amons would rather close the program than admit a man Amons thought was gay after a brief encounter with the prospective student on the first day of class Sept 10. After Cequada Clark was interviewed by a local media outlet, she was relieved of her teaching position. National media attention resulted from the allegations and the local community organized to plan a protest. BISD released a statement on the morning of September 14, 2012 that the program was cut due to budgetary restraints. BISD released a statement the same evening that they would, in fact, be offering the course as long as the minimum number of students were enrolled and insured that the allegations of discrimination were false. We demand documentation that Principal Amons followed standard BISD protocol in cancelling the course to begin with and that if such documentation doesn't exist, he be removed from his position, that the program be reinstated, that Cequada Clark be returned to her teaching position and that a formal apology be issued to Kwmane Gray from the school district.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. Today was GOOD!

      Amy J
      by Amy J
      Petition Organizer

      We held our first protest in front of the BISD administration building and throughout the protest, around 40 people came and went to show their support! Not so shabby for throwing it together in a day or so, right? It's been a day of lots of whispered rumors and speculation about whether or not BISD has the proof we're asking for, but we're optimistic by a comment released in a story from our local news station, KBMT. They reported tonight that BISD "says it had nothing to do with the cancellation of the program, and that it was Mr. Amons' decision." It seems to some of us who are following the story at the local level that this might be BISD's way of distancing themselves from Mr. Amons' decision to cancel the program. If so, is that because they realize that they're potentially facing the biggest legal battle that they've ever seen and Mr. Amons failure to properly end the program will surely point to a major civil rights violation that the school district will be responsible for?

    3. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Tamara Owens RIVERVIEW, FL
      • almost 2 years ago

      No one has the right to judge others. If you're a bible-thumper, you should believe this too.

    • Conny Wedin GäVLE, SWEDEN
      • almost 2 years ago

      Injustices like this must be fought!!

    • Kathleen Flick BOGALUSA, LA
      • almost 2 years ago

      If the religious keep allowing their beliefs to influence their jobs, in violation of policy and sometimes in violation of the law, guess what? The time will come when it will be a LIABILITY to hire the religious, because they will have thoroughly proved themselves untrustworthy.

    • Bruce Reeves HOUSTON, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      Discrimination of any kind is just wrong. As a person of color, the man should be ashamed for so blatantly and openly discriminating against another class of people.

    • Chris Patterson HOUSTON, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      Canceling a class over personal views, discriminating a single student has no place in education.


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