Tony Perkins, president of the
Christian conservative Family Research Council (FRC), has called on
parents to “look for other alternatives” to public schools after
a high school principal came out gay.
Pete Cahall, principal at Wilson High
School in the District of Columbia, came out during a school event
celebrating June as LGBT Pride Month.
“I want to say publicly for the first
time because of your leadership, care, and support that I am a proud
gay man that just happens to be the principal of Wilson High School,”
Cahall said. (A video report of Cahall's coming out is embedded on
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Cahall's coming out was greeted with a
long round of applause by students.
During his Washington Watch
radio show, Perkins told parents to uproot their kids from public
“If you have your children in the
public schools, unless you're in a district where you know exactly
what's going on in some rural part of the country where values are
still embraced, you really need to think about whether or not you
want to expose your kids to what's happening in our public school
system,” Perkins said. “I would encourage you to look for other
“Eighty-three percent of the students
coming out of the District of Columbia are not proficient in reading
skills, but they know how to celebrate Gay Pride. As we drop further
and further in the global ranking of math and science scores, at
least our kids will understand sex-ed. Amazing,” he added.