Speaking of Injustice...

While we're all still hotly debating the Arizona Immigration Law, I'd like to turn our attention to the ridiculous state of affairs going on in school systems.

Quick reminder: the current year is 2010. Now that we've gotten that out of the way...

Ceara Sturgis, a senior at Wesson Attendance Center (high school) in Jackson, Mississippi, was completely omitted from her yearbook. Sturgis, a lesbian, wore a tuxedo for her senior picture, which, apparently, is more than enough to ban her from the yearbook.

And, no, I'm not keeping some vital detail about the case - like, that she dropped out before the year was over, or failed her classes, or didn't actually attend the school. According to her mother (Veronica Rodriguez), Ceara does well in school and inferred that she has possibly won some awards:

"It's like she's nobody there, even though she's gone to school there for 12 years," Rodriguez said. "They mentioned none of her accolades, even though she's one of the smartest students there with wonderful grades. They've got kids in the book that have been busted for drugs. There's even a picture of one of the seniors who dropped out of school."

To be fair, Sturgis and her mother knew that her picture would not be included in the yearbook as of October 2009, after the school informed them that girls-wearing-tuxedos was so reprehensible that it merited omission. The Copiah County School District claims they have perfectly legitimate legal precedent to erase this girl's memory from the collective yearbook.

"We have had our legal counsel research the validity of the position of the School District on this matter," Copiah County Superintendent Ricky Clopton said in the statement. "We are informed by counsel that this exact issue has been litigated in federal court. The decisions of the federal courts completely support the policy of the district in this regard. It is the desire of the Copiah County School District to inform, first, the patrons of the district, and second, all other interested parties, that its position is not arbitrary, capricious or unlawful, but is based upon sound educational policy and legal precedent."

Well, that's settled. As long as we have sound legal precedent to discriminate against people that makes it totally ok. Yep...just so we can legally meander around civil rights, ethics, and what's right, that makes it all better.

In exactly the same news: Constance McMillen - who hasn't had enough crap happen to her yet - is now the target of Westboro Baptist Church's picketing wrath. In their press-release, WBC stated:

[We] will picket the graduation of Itawamba Agricultural High School to remind the parents, teachers and students of this nation that God said 'Thou shall not lie with mankind, as with womankind, it is abomination'.

Not to make light of their very serious religious standpoint, but...she's a lesbian. She's not wanting to lie with mankind as with womankind. She's wanting to lie with the womankind. So...doesn't that sort of negate the logic?

Suffice it to say, these people are seriously messed up. And, law enforcement officials know about this in enough advance that there is no excuse for these perversions of human DNA to be allowed anywhere near this poor girl's graduation. Let's pray this doesn't turn into another Matthew Snyder incident, forcing McMillen's family to pay to be persecuted. Unless you subscribe to WBC's belief:

“This generation has been raised to believe that they can live for the devil and still go to heaven, that God has no standards and the biggest lie of all – that God loves everyone.”

Another case of humans claiming to know the mind of 'God.'

What do you think about these issues? Why are schools so intent on persecuting their gay and lesbian students? Isn't high school bad enough? Email your thoughts to IncitingARiotPodcast@gmail.com, leave a comment, or tweet me @IncitingARiot

Love and Lyte,

Fire Lyte


  1. Hey me again,
    I think it's an abomination that, in this day and age, people are still treated this way.
    Personally, I'm a "live and let live" girl (abiding by the law of course). I feel if a girl wants to wear a tux then fine. Otherwise we're harking back to the days when women had to wear hats out of doors and cover their ankles. It's bordering on archaic when someone discriminates against someone else for what they wear.

    But of course that's clearly not the real issue here. The issue here is an apparent need to ostracise those who are different, not "outside of the norm", just different.
    Many schools I know of end up being sausage factories, churning out blank slates to be moulded and shaped by imposing authorities and 'the man'.
    Many schools claim to embrace diversity, accepting new curriculums, courses, students (in the case of schools that are part of a denomination) and teaching practices. But they can't accept diversity within the student body? How does that work?

    So far the best student experience I've had has been at university. Freedom to learn how you like and be whoever the hell you want to be opens doorways to help those who have the potential, achieve the potential.

  2. PaganFlavoredAtheistApril 30, 2010 at 3:51 AM

    Don't you know? Schools have to protect children from dangerous or irregular thinking? They can't be setting precedents on the basis of fact or education. They can't let dangerous fringe elements be accepted as...well acceptable! They answer to a higher authority. A duotheistic pantheon of Angry Parents and Federal Funding.


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