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Bill Bivens
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Bill Bivens

Demand a full & fair investigation of Sequoyah High School student assault

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      TENNESSEE EQUALITY PROJECT

Several weeks ago, students at Sequoyah High School in Madisonville, Tennessee organized to form a Gay Straight Alliance at their school to address years of anti-LGBT bullying of youth on campus. At the beginning of the school year, Principal Maurice Moser ordered students to stop circulating a petition in support of the new club. Last week, Principal Moser assaulted a pro-GSA student in the group named Chris Sigler.

The latest incident started last Tuesday when Sigler wore a t-shirt that read "GSA: We've got your back" to school. A teacher directed him to cover the shirt when he wore it in the future. Knowing that he had a right of free expression to wear the shirt, Sigler wore the shirt again on Thursday. When he did so, Principal Moser ordered all students out of the classroom, except for Sigler’s sister Jessica, who refused to leave. Both Chris and Jessica Sigler allege that Moser grabbed Sigler’s arm, shoved him, and chest-bumped him repeatedly while asking “Who’s the big man now?” When their mother, Linda Sigler, arrived at the school, she reported finding her son seated in a desk with Moser leaning over and shouting in Sigler’s face.

The Sigler family filed report about the assault which is being investigated by the Monroe County Sheriff's Department. Deputies interviewed Chris Sigler, his teacher and Principal Mosby, but did not question Jessica Sigler who witnessed the entire incident. Given the level of intimidation and hostility that GSA-supportive students have experienced in recent weeks, TEP believes that the Sheriff is not fully and fairly investigating the assault of Chris Sigler by his Principal by leaving a key witness out of the investigation.

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    • Kristen Alldredge KNOXVILLE, TN
      • about 3 years ago

      I grew up in Tennessee and was part of a group that tried to start a GSA at my own high school. After being told there wasn't a "need" for one, we were eventually able to compromise and create a group to stop intolerance (although we could not make it explicitly against homophobia). Sigler, Moser, and the Tennessee Equality Project are fighting for the voice that students at my school didn't have and should have fought for harder. Everything got better when I moved out of the South, but quality of life for LGBTQ students and their allies shouldn't have to be regional. Shame on Mosby for promoting violence towards students and demonstrating to other students that intolerance is acceptable and even encouraged as long as you have the numbers on your side. I hope the Sheriff's Office stands up for the students at Sequoyah High in desperate need of a voice.

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    • Chelsea Workman COLUMBUS, OH
      • about 3 years ago

      A high school should serve the students. Is this principle trying to create a school according to his beliefs? He might be the principle but this is not his world we're all living in...

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    • Anthony Milhorn PINEY FLATS, TN
      • about 3 years ago

      I signed because this story is appalling; how can children feel safe and protected when those who are supposed to be their guides and protectors are the bullies themselves? I have also started a petition on change.org for the immediate firing of Moser for this sickening assault. Please sign it as well. Here it is: http://www.change.org/petitions/monroe-county-school-district-fire-principle-maurice-moser-immediately-without-benefits Don't let him get away with it!

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    • Brad Jennings BELLEVUE, KY
      • about 3 years ago

      I am outraged by the vile behavior of this principal and the staff at this high school for essentially validating the behavior of the gay-bashing bullies and taunters. We will not tolerate this loathsome intimidation and inhuman behavior any longer.

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    • Briar Parkin CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND
      • about 3 years ago

      This man should not be a cleaner at a school let alone a principal,they way he treated this child is horrible and illegal,I believe the police should investigate fully (including speaking to the boys sister) and make an example of this man.Even your president has spoken against bullying now it is the polices tern to stand up to the bully.

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