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Principal Attempted To Cancel Cosmetology Course Over Inclusion Of Gay Student

The principal of Texas’ Beaumont Independent School District attempted to cancel an adult education cosmetology course last week after the registration of a male student he perceived to be gay. Principal  Thom Campbell-Amons also fired the course’s instructor Cequada Clark, who claimed she was told her services were no longer needed.

Clark had taught the adult cosmetology course at BISD since 2009 when only two students signed up; the program had eight students when Amons decided to shutter it following the registration of 22-year-old Kwmame Gray. Without engaging Gray, Amons assumed he was gay and informed Clark that he would rather close the program than have “riff-raff” like Gray included.

Amons had previously made his homophobia known at a hair show in April where he told Clark he never wanted to see “flamboyantly gay guys” enrolled in BISD. When he learned that he couldn’t legally exclude Gray based on his sexual orientation, but that he could cut the adult cosmetology course from the curriculum, Amons wasted no time in doing just that.

Shortly afterward, Clark was handed her walking papers.

“I take this very seriously. Most of my students coming in are single moms trying to move ahead and make a life for themselves,” Clark  told The Examiner. “My thing is, I bust my tail off with this program: I give God the glory because it’s been doing good since I’ve been there. At the very least, I’d like to see Mr. Amons apologize to that young man and to allow those already entered in the program to finish their instruction to get licensed.”

The experience has been particularly tough on Gray, who wasn’t openly gay until Amons singled him out. “Right now, I can see I’m going to need counseling,” Gray said. “I wasn’t at the point in my life to really open up about my sexuality. This is a big depression on me – he thought I was gay, and he didn’t want me around. That’s pretty tough to hear.”

On Friday, BISD issued a statement that the adult cosmetology course would indeed be offered while claiming that Amons had cancelled it based on “insufficient funding” and not on Gray’s sexual orientation. Superintendent Dr. Timothy Chiagros said, “The student has confirmed with BISD officials that he did not have a conversation with Mr. Amons as some have erroneously inferred.” Although isn’t the point of the story that Amons never talked to Gray to begin with and discriminated against him at face value?

Either way, the class requires 10 students to enroll in order to proceed as originally planned — as of Friday, four students had expressed interest in the course.

By:           Les Fabian Brathwaite
On:           Sep 17, 2012
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    • Dakotahgeo

      Sooooo… why is Principal Thom Campbell-Amons still employed at BISD if finances are tight? Now THAT’S a waste of money!!!

      Sep 17, 2012 at 10:35 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jack Jett
      Jack Jett

      yes, that is my state…the butthole of the bible belt and we don’t want anyone to
      forget it.

      Sep 17, 2012 at 1:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam

      This is the truth about the bigots. They will CLAIM that they are only opposed to Marriage etc…

      But the truth is, they didn’t even want this guy to have training in order to get a job because they THOUGHT he was gay. They demanded that the guy guy be fired from Romney’s campaign etc…

      They don’t want gays to even be able to work and support themselves.

      Sep 17, 2012 at 1:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tom-NY

      Please contact Superintendent Dr. Timothy Chargois to voice your displeasure over this incident.


      Sep 17, 2012 at 2:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tom-NY

      And while you are at it, join the facebook page also called:

      Southeast Texans against Taylor Principal Thomas Amons

      Sep 17, 2012 at 3:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dvlaries

      @Jack Jett:
      You’ve got a strong case, Jack, I admit it. But let me ante in with a state that almost put Oliver North in elected office, still houses and now wants to put George ‘Macaca’ Allen into the Senate, and whose state slogan claiming “is for lovers,” is 100% bullshit.

      Sep 17, 2012 at 6:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • SteveMD2


      its call ed the next generation of racism – homophobia,and the b!tches that support it

      Some repubs really are repugs (some good gay people are repubs but I sure disagree with any support for the repub by them.

      Remember Gov perry’s sign over his leased hunting grounds – NIxxERHEAD RAMCH

      Sep 18, 2012 at 12:29 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • SteveMD2

      @Jack Jett:

      the butthole of the bible belt that thinks chcckolate is spelled EX LAX

      and who suffer from a genetic defect = a reversed mouth and anus.

      Sep 18, 2012 at 12:31 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • SteveMD2


      yur coreect – sometimes htey seem to be nice and only oppsoe marriage – some of them thats true – usually the CU only people

      the other = well as you talk with them, they get worse adn worse

      it took me 2 years of monthly dinner meetings to dig out of an extreme catholic who claims he was fixet (this is all true story – we’re on the same side remarriage< I'm well known in the gay community marriage groups in the NE usa)

      he said = "Matthew Shephards parents should have fixed him"

      that of course comes from the catholic church fix the gays program.

      the German pope


      Sep 18, 2012 at 1:07 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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