A Houston high school forced out a 17-year-old student after learning that he had discussed being gay on his YouTube.com channel.

According to KPRC2, officials at Luther High School gave Austin Wallis an ultimatum: Delete the videos or leave the school.

In a video that has since gone viral, Wallis explains the situation while sitting with his boyfriend.

“[The school's principal] basically told me … I had to go back into the closet, which means that I had to delete all my social media, including YouTube. I had to erase my digital impact on the world.”

An emotional Wallis said that doing that would be difficult because “this YouTube channel means the world to me. And I love seeing the great response y'all have. I love feeling that this helps people. It means a lot to me that I can help a few people who might be feeling like they're not worth it or, like, being gay is too hard.”

Wallis decided to leave the Christian high school.

“When I came out, I knew I was going to have bullies,” he said. “But I never expected it to be from the people who are supposed to protect you from the bullies, who are supposed to try to stop that.”

“I realize that I don't want to be somewhere where I can be kicked out for being gay and being open [about] it,” he told KPRC2.

Lutheran High North defended its decision in a statement: “Lutheran High North welcomes all students and their families to the LHN community. We profess and proclaim our Christian beliefs with the foundations and authority taught in the Bible, all within the teachings of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. We respectfully require students to adhere to these accepted values and moral beliefs. Sometimes, as in this case, students have to make choices and decide whether their beliefs align with our community and we respect their choices. We also respect student privacy and do not comment on any individual student or their actions.”