San Diego’s Patrick Henry High School, where girlfriends Rebecca Arellano and Haileigh Adams were crowned the first gay couple elected homecoming king and queen on Saturday, has received a deluge of hate-filled calls and emails in response to the historic election.
“We have a lot of support, but there are also a lot of people who are angry about it,” Adams says. “Anonymous Patrick Henry students are saying they’re embarrassed and that it’s wrong for a girl to take the spot of king. But there’s no other way for us to run as a couple. It’s not really fair for us not have the right to run as a couple.”
Administrators at Patrick Henry haven’t released details about the messages but San Diego School Superintendent Bob Kowba told the L.A. Times that those contacting the school were “demonstrating such a lack of tolerance and are presenting such a negative role model for children with their hateful comments… If these calls and emails were from students, they would face disciplinary measures.”
The situation stinks, but we’re glad to see those in charge taking the right attitude.
And as for Adams and Arellano—hold your crowns high, ladies.