Most accounts of the story present the allegation as fact — a high school cheerleader in Alice, Texas has been kicked off the squad and suspended from school for kissing his boyfriend on school grounds — and despite protests, the school district refuses to comment and insists that the punishment will stand.
The school did, in fact, issue a statement insisting that the suspension was not punishment for the kiss, and that the boy and his parents are aware of this, but they can’t specify what the punishment was for because of concerns for the boy’s privacy.
So people will continue to believe what they choose to believe, which will generally be the first version of the story which is, granted, a lot more interesting. Headlines will continue to refer to “The Boy Suspended For Kissing Another Boy,” and protests will continue.
The boys parents reportedly do not agree with the punishment but will not pursue the matter legally.
There should, at this point, be an option for the parents to waive their son’s privacy rights in this case and allow the school to make a full disclosure of why he was suspended (his name can remain redacted) — because one of two things has happened: either the school is guilty of an act of blatant discrimination, or the boy and his family, by bringing the matter to the media in the first place and insisting he was suspended for kissing another boy, has unfairly accused the school of an act of blatant discrimination. One or the other should be held accountable.