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 this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

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 schools.

“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 alternatives.”

“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.