Principal Resigns After Reportedly Telling Gay Students They're Going To Hell

Haywood High School principal resignsA Tennessee high school principal resigned on Thursday after telling gay students "you're going to hell" and a pregnant student "your life is over," according to student reports. The principal also allegedly demanded that students pray.

At Haywood County schools, "physical contact" is a minor infraction, but during a school assembly on Feb. 9, Dorothy Bond, the principal of Haywood High School in Brownville, said that gay students who engaged in PDA --public displays of affection -- would be suspended for two months, assigned to another school, or expelled, according to students there. She also purportedly said gay students were "not on God's path" and were "ruining their lives."

One gay student, who was in the assembly, is said to have tearfully called her friend and fellow student, Amber Whittiemore. "At first she was talking about PDA, and 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," Whittiemore told ABC 24.

This incident follows a spate of anti-gay activity in Tennessee. The "Don't Say Gay" bill, which would ban elementary and middle schools from talking about sexual orientation, passed the state Senate last year and was approved by the House education subcommittee a few weeks ago. Last year, in his campaign to stop the formation of a gay-straight alliance at her school, one high school principal allegedly threw a straight student against a wall for wearing a T-shirt in support of the idea. State lawmakers also recently proposed a bill that would protect students who bully their gay peers, if they do so for religious reasons.

There have been two recent gay teen suicides in Tennessee that have gained public attention. In January, Phillip Parker, a gay 14-year-old, killed himself and left a handwritten note in his trash can, "Please help me mom," after reportedly enduring mental and physical torment from peers. In December, a gay high school senior, Jacob Rogers, dropped out of school after what his friends describe as four years of bullying, and took his own life.

After Bond's assembly, students complained to the American Civil Liberties Union, which sent a letter to Haywood County Schools Superintendent Marlon King, asking the school system to express views friendly to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and to let students know they have a constitutional right to identify as gay. The Human Rights Campaign, the country's largest LGBT civil rights organization, launched a petition against Bond's remarks, which garnered 5,000 signatures in four hours.

Bond resigned later that day. The school system said in a statement: "The Haywood County Board of Education acknowledges its student body's right to free speech. Further, the Haywood County Board of Education strives to provide an atmosphere of tolerance and diversity while maintaining high academic standards."

The assistant principal of the school, Jerry Pryon, has been named interim principal, reports The Jackson Sun.

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Dr. Bill

Here we go again! According to the 2000 Census, Haywood County has a population of about 20,000. The only county in TN with a black majority. The median income per household was $27,671. Haywood County produces the most cotton of any TN county. The price of cotton has declined by 50% over the past 12 months - after having climbed to an historic high in March of 2011. Despite these reality disasters, the gud 'ol boys at the state capital are passing anti-gay (not anti-poverty) legislation as fast as they can write. The unholy link between hard times and gay rights has got to stop. If a well educated public school administrator can be dupted into spewing hatred inspired by economic interests that want to create a diversion, then Americans have got to recognize the danger to all of us. Here is a scenic view of Haywood County:

April 08 2012 at 1:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Always amazes me...holy books say don't judge... yet all the so called religious do is judge. Follow the book yourself or you may find on judgment day you were not as "holy" as you thought!

As for those of you who feel it is ok to mistreat anyone, it is only because you are afraid to do what your suppose to, open the mouth GOD gave you and protect those who cannot protect themselves. Whether you agree with a person's life style or not is not for you to decide unless they are harming others. Too bad the people in this country don't feel as harshly about pedophiles as they do gays.

March 07 2012 at 1:40 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

If they stop commiting sodomy and other heinous acts, people won't taunt them.

March 07 2012 at 11:31 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Why should he be fired for telling the TRUTH? I dont get it man.

March 06 2012 at 10:06 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to ZingZooo's comment

One, the principal was a she, not a he. Two, she wasn't fired, she resigned. Three, regardless of her personal opinion, as a government employee the principal has a duty to protect the rights of all students, not just those with whom she agrees.

March 06 2012 at 11:44 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

OK please agree with me here. Making fun of gay people is like being racist, in a different and still offensive way. Saying that they will Go to Hell to them will make them feel bad. Lots of gay people are very
sucessful and very kind in life. And they probably go to Heaven.
By a smart and kind 11 year old

March 06 2012 at 9:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm 59. I grew up in the deep south (btw, you hate-mongers from off are grossly misinformed, what's new?). Despite Hollywood tells you, we didn't really care about gay people one way or another. Lotta momma's boys round these parts.
Here's what's gets me. When did all of this become an issue? When did a whole generation become Holden Caulfield, a whiny nihilistic victim? Gay or not, hurt feelings aren't the same as getting your ass beat, which happened to me a lot in junior high and high school until I learned how to defend myself. If you are old enough, self-secure and mature enough to have an openly gay relationship in high school, you should suck it up. Tell the moron to drop dead. Believe me, gay or straight, your problems have barely begun.

March 06 2012 at 7:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

OMG - the name of the school is Hay "WOOD" LOL

March 06 2012 at 5:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

We should have let the south secede when they wanted to. Would have saved us from the Bush family, the Southern Baptist church, and any number of neanderthal politicians and "educators."

March 06 2012 at 5:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sounds like the majority of you in here are complete idiots and baffoons. Here's what I suggest you... Go to the fridge, take out your cheap beer, open a bag of pork rinds, get your jelly doughnuts, prop yourself up in your recliner, and watch your Fox News.....Because really, that's all you're good for! If that doesn't work for you, pull your bottom lip over your head and swallow.

March 05 2012 at 2:09 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Everyone is entitled to their opinions and if a gay person shows their lifestyles publically, then those who are against such behavior should be able to do so.

March 04 2012 at 5:07 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply

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