Today's Date: July 1, 2022
Four recipients of the 2022 Awards of Excellence in Nursing announced from Indigenous Services Canada   •   Tractor Supply Company Celebrates Service Members With Nationwide Discount on the Fourth of July and Announces Grant Donation fo   •   Tracey Hayes from MicroAge Named on CRN's 2022 Women of the Channel Power 70 Solution Providers List   •   Cinemark Brings the Ultimate Cinematic Experience to Riverton with Mountain View Village Theatre Now Open   •   Global Surrogacy Services Announces Outreach to Potential Gestational Surrogates in Three Southwestern States   •   Checkmarx' Ana Lucia Amaral Honored as a CRN 2022 Woman of the Channel   •   Equitable Bank Releases Inaugural ESG Performance Report   •   Eight Ameriprise Financial Advisors Named to the Barron’s Top 100 Women Financial Advisors List   •   Xfinity Stream app Launches on Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD   •   Citizens for Judicial Fairness and Reverend Al Sharpton Applaud Nomination of Justice Tamika Montgomery-Reeves to Third Circuit   •   Mrs. Flowers Takes the Helm at Comfort Home Care, Rockville, MD   •   Mia Becar to Launch Equity Crowdfunding Campaign   •   NCCI Golf Event Generates $25,000 for Kids' Chance of America Scholarships   •   New Survey Reveals Lack of Knowledge among U.S. Women about Uterine Health, Including Fibroid Symptoms and Treatment Options   •   RNR Tire Express Surprises Tampa-Area Woman with New Car in Mother's Day Giveaway   •   Prime Capital Investment Advisors Partners With Female-led Crossvault Capital Management   •   VNA Health Care Discusses the Importance of Mammography and Cervical Cancer Screenings   •   Closing the Health Disparity Gap for Black Women   •   EA SPORTS™ F1® 22 Launches Worldwide Today   •   Five Bluum Standouts Honored on CRN 2022 Women of the Channel List
Bookmark and Share

TX School District Sued For Forcing Student "Out"

TYLER, TX - The Texas Civil Rights Project has filed suit in the U.S. District Court in Tyler on behalf of Barbara Wyatt against two Kilgore High School teachers and the Kilgore Independent School District. The suit alleges they wrongly revealed a student’s sexual orientation to her parent. The suit seeks compensatory damages and an injunction to stop Kilgore faculty from compromising students’ privacy and subjecting them to the unnecessary risk of harassment and trauma by disclosing their sexual orientation without consent.

On March 2, 2009, Barbara Wyatt’s daughter arrived for afternoon softball practice. As soon as she arrived, her two softball coaches ordered her into the locker room alone and cornered her. Her coaches threatened her and forbade her from participating in softball until she told her mother that she was gay. Later that day, the coaches confronted Barbara Wyatt personally and bluntly told her that her daughter was a lesbian. This outrageous and unjustified violation of a young student’s privacy caused her severe emotional and mental anguish, social ostracism, and irreparably damaged her trust and respect in adult authority.

Discrimination, bullying and the infliction of emotional trauma against students who are gay or believed to be gay is a nationally recognized problem which often ends in tragedy. The coaches’ actions and the school district’s utter failure to train its staff or remedy the damage this incident caused, exacerbate this problem and set a terribly harmful example to students, teachers and parents.

According to the lawsuit, the coaches’ actions and school district’s policy of disclosing students’ sexual orientation violate the constitutional privacy rights of KISD students. Although the damage caused here cannot be undone, Barbara Wyatt said, “I hope that through sharing my daughter’s story and bringing this lawsuit, we can make clear to educators the importance of protecting students’ privacy and the devastation that a child can suffer when these rights are violated.”

 

The Texas Civil Rights Project is a nonprofit foundation that promotes racial, social, and economic justice in Texas through education and litigation 


STORY TAGS: GENERAL, BLACKS, AFRICAN AMERICAN, LATINO, HISPANIC, MINORITIES, CIVIL RIGHTS, DISCRIMINATION, RACISM, DIVERSITY, RACIAL EQUALITY, BIAS, EQUALITY

Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News