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Arkansas High School Nixes Yearbook Profile Of Gay Student

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Administrators at a high school in Sheridan, Arkansas are trying to put a stop to a profile on third-year student Taylor Ellis in the school’s yearbook, and it may be because he’s gay.

Student Press Law Center  reports that all student features are being pulled from the school’s yearbook The Yellowjacket, and speculation is leaning towards the administration’s issues with one feature in particular: Ellis’s profile and coming out story.

Though the principal and administration has cited concerns about the story being “too personal” with Yellowjacket editor Hannah Bruner, she sees it differently.

“He did come out last year and he did it over a social networking site so everyone knows already, and the story, like I said, is talking about how accepting everyone has been toward him.”

Student publications are protected from any kind of censorship by the Arkansas Student Publications Act, but a similar act by the high school requires the principal’s approval of any material distributed on school property.

Ellis still stands by the story and hopes that it runs.

“I would kind of feel discriminated against, not totally, because I understand what he means by people bullying me and stuff, but the thing is I don’t believe it will happen because I’m already openly gay.”

The deadline to get the yearbook to print is Friday, and Bruner has vowed to fight the decision.

While it’s understandable that the administration has Ellis’s best interests at mind, silencing his story is definitely not the answer.

It’s unfortunate that these students have to deal with this type of discrimination at such a young age, but heartening to know that they’re fighting for what they believe in.

By:           Rob Smith
On:           Mar 17, 2014
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  • 3 Comments
    • Steve Rider
      Steve Rider

      I hope this incident ends up being positive for this young man as he sees all the support from his peers.

      So many young people today seem to get it right.

      Mar 17, 2014 at 6:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • seaguy
      seaguy

      Hard to believe that Hillary was once first lady of that state and Bill governor. It seems so damn backwards and hillbilly when you read about stuff like this.

      Mar 17, 2014 at 6:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hephaestion
      hephaestion

      Regardless of how this turns out, Taylor Ellis is a winner. He is obviously a smart, kind, and courageous young man who will do a great deal of good in this world. Bravo, Taylor!

      Mar 17, 2014 at 6:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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