Each week, Queerty picks one blowhard, hypocrite, airhead, sanctimonious prick or other enemy of all that is queer to be the Douche of the Week.
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Usually one of the key ingredients to being a top-notch douche is being impervious to criticism or consequences: The right-wing senator spewing hate to his like-minded constituents, the fundamentalist minister blathering on about “Adam and Steve” from his bully pulpit.
Well, today’s Douche of the Week might have thought she was invulnerable, but her hateful (and ultimately stupid) rhetoric cost her a job.
Principal Dorothy Bond of Haywood High School in Brownsville, TN, was addressing the student body earlier this month, when she suddenly went on a rant about certain members of the student body. “At first she was talking about PDA and [then] she turned around and she directly pointed to the gay people and said if you’re gay you’re going to hell and if you’re pregnant, your life is over,” Haywood student Amber Whittiemore told ABC 24.
It took a few weeks for the snit to hit the fan, so to speak, but yesterday Bond resigned from her position after pressure from the the ACLU, the Tennessee Equality Project and other groups.
“No school official should use her authority to make students feel unwelcome in their own school,” said Amanda Goad, staff attorney for the ACLU LGBT Project. “The public outcry over the reported actions by the former principal of Haywood High demonstrates that this kind of discrimination won’t be tolerated, from future principals at Haywood or any other school leader.”
According to the ACLU, Principal Bond reportedly said that gay people are “ruining their lives” and are “not on God’s path.” She also allegedly threatened to administer “severe punishment—including 60-day suspensions, assignments to an alternative school or expulsion—to any students who were observed publicly displaying affection for members of the same sex.”
So, no cuddle puddle at Haywood High, huh?
A post on the ACLU blog explains that:
The incident appears to be part of a broader pattern of official anti-gay remarks and policies by the principal, and of incorporating prayers and proselytizing into school events. On one occasion, school officials scolded students who did not bow their heads in prayer and threatened them with discipline. On another occasion, the principal told a lesbian student that she would go to “hell” because of her sexual orientation.
Bond hasn’t made a public comment about either her speech at the assembly or her resignation. Maybe she’s finally learned to keep her damn yap shut?
All together now: What a douche!
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