A 12-year-old child near Louisville, Kentucky was suspended from her bus for three days, after complaining about homophobic language from other students on the bus. The student, the daughter of two lesbian moms, complained to the bus driver about the homophobic language. But when the bus driver found out the student had two lesbian moms, the driver called the student "a contradiction" and then subsequently made her sit in silence at the back of the bus.
In the wake of the incident, the student called the bus driver a "jerk." Probably not the smartest thing to do, but not necessarily all that surprising given that the student was responding to her parents being ridiculed. When the Assistant Principal of the school found out that the student called the bus driver a "jerk," she responded by suspending this student from the bus for three days -- all because this student had the audacity to stand up for her two lesbian moms.
Worse, the Assistant Principal in this situation, Angela Allen, told the student's mother that in the future, this student should just ignore such homophobic talk, and grow "thicker skin."
Sorry, but a bus driver and an Assistant Principal are supposed to provide safe spaces for their students; not spaces where they're forced to sit in silence while students and school officials can make fun of one's same-sex parents.
Take action now. The Kentucky Equality Federation is calling on the school involved to issue an apology for how they handled this case, and are calling for the bus driver at the heart of the controversy to be reassigned to a different route. Because right now, this 12-year-old student does not feel safe riding the bus, knowing that the bus driver has no interest in protecting her safety.
For more information on this, check out the Kentucky Equality Federation's write up here.
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