After two students at an Ohio high
school were barred from wearing t-shirts with the word “lesbian,”
supportive teens rallying to their side also faced disciplinary
Two girls at Celina High School in
western Ohio celebrated Twin Day by wearing t-shirts that read
“Lesbian 1” and “Lesbian 2.” School officials asked the
female students to change their clothing.
Roughly 20 students attended school on
Tuesday wearing home-made t-shirts in support of the students. One
t-shirt included a rainbow graphic, a symbol of gay pride, along with
the caption “I Support … Express Yourself.” Another read
“Straight but Supportive.”
The show of support was organized by
sophomore Jimmy Walter, the younger brother of one of the female
students who wore the “lesbian” t-shirt.
“My sister got yelled at and screamed
at [by administrators], and she was basically told she was unwanted
at the school because she was gay,” Walter is quoted as saying by
News & World Report.
Assistant Principle Phil Metz forced
the students to remove the t-shirts, giving detention to those who
did not comply.
Metz said the t-shirts were
inappropriate because they were “political.”
In a posting on Reddit.com,
junior Erick Warner disputed the claim, saying students often wear
clothing which could be considered political.
“[Our high] school promotes their
pro-life club called the 'Students for Life.' They have their own
shirts, which have a fetus and promotes pro-life,” he wrote. “How
is that not considered 'political'?”
He added that he's seen classmates wear
t-shirts in favor of Mitt Romney and ones which call President Obama
Celina is located in Mercer County,
considered one of the most conservative counties in the state.
The ACLU of Ohio says it is considering
a lawsuit. Last year, an Ohio high school student sued his school
after officials disciplined him for wearing a t-shirt which read
“Jesus in not a homophobe.” The
student won his case.