Austin Wallis is a 17-year-old YouTuber, who along with his boyfriend Nicolay, has racked up nearly seven thousand subscribers since launching six months ago.
But it was Austin’s most recent video that’s gotten the attention of the webisphere. In it, he shares the emotional story of being called into his unnamed private high school’s principal’s office and told that his YouTube and social media presence was having a “bad impact” on the campus.
The school called in his mother, and then threatened him with expulsion if he didn’t comply with their demands. Two days later, Austin decided to leave the school rather than face expulsion.
As he explains it:
“I don’t want people to think that I left just because of the social media. It was because I can’t stay somewhere where I feel like I’m being forced into something that I’m not, or I feel like I’m not wanted by my own principal…I’m not a bad student. I really want to try and change this. I think it’s ridiculous that in this day and age you can be excluded from your own school for being gay. When I came out I knew I was going to have bullies and I knew people were not going to be okay with it. But i never expected it to be from the peole who were supposed to protect you from the bullies. Who were supposed to try to stop that. And then they themselves are the bullies.”
Here’s the video of Austin telling his story. He’s joined by his boyfriend Nicolay, whose restless right hand we find equally sweet and distracting: