A teenage boy came out to his classmates during an assignment. This caused a minor riff with some of his peers. Later on that day, an aide saw the boy hugging another boy. The school officials decided to take action and called the parents, who were not aware that their son was gay.
That is the easy part of this article. The basic facts typed out in black and white. After this day, the boy’s story became the school’s story, the activists’ story and the parents’ story. Did the school act appropriately? Did the step on the boy’s rights? Did they endanger the child? Tell me what you think, but first, let me tell you what I think.
I think the school did what needed to be done and before you boo me, listen up. If the school had done nothing and this child was harmed (either by himself or others), people would demonize the school for not doing anything. You have to keep in mind that his classmates were not all supportive. If the school had done nothing, the parents could have lost their son in many ways.
By taking action, the school did the hard thing. They stood up to ensure that the child was taken care of and that his parents knew what was going on with him. Too often these days, parents don’t know what their kids are doing and sometimes they don’t care. Schools used to work with the parents to help raise the children. In this day and age it seems that the school’s staff is an enemy.
I am glad that this worked out and I am glad that this school decided to help the child. The fact that everything worked out tells me that these parents are involved in his life and work with his teachers, not against him. This is how America should expect our educational system to work.