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Student removed from contest for pro-gay remark

05 Apr

FULLERTON – Students at Fullerton Union High School are protesting the action of an administrator who removed a classmate of theirs from a campus competition for his pro-gay comment.

He was removed from the school’s Mr. Fullerton competition Tuesday night for answering a question of where he saw himself in 10 years.

Article Tab: A student was removed by an administrator from the Mr. Fullerton competition Tuesday night after a pro-gay remark. When asked where he saw himself in 10 years, the student said he hoped to find the love of his life, to marry him and he hoped for the legalization of gay marriage. The administrator apologized privately and publicly on Wednesday.
The student said he hoped to find the love of his life, marry him and hoped gay marriage would be legal.

After the answer, an assistant principal took the student from the Plummer Auditorium stage and disqualified him from the competition.

In a statement, Fullerton Joint Union High School District Superintendent George Giokaris said the student’s answer did not violate any school rules.

“The district has concluded that the matter was not handled appropriately by the assistant principal,” Giokaris said. “The district believes that the matter should have been handled privately with the student by the assistant principal.”

Giokaris said the administrator apologized privately to the student and publicly over the school’s public-address system Wednesday morning.

The Mr. Fullerton Pageant is an annual, semi-humorous event hosted by the ASB for senior boys. It includes dancing and a one-question interview.

Friends of the student protested by passing out nearly 200 letters addressed to the assistant principal asking, “Where do you see yourself in 10 years?”

The letters included space for protestors to write a personal message. Senior Blake Danford, who helped organize the protest, said the group plans to deliver them to the assistant principal later in the week.

“This is an entire situation about bullying,” Danford said.

Giokaris said employee confidentiality rules prohibit him from saying if the assistant principal was further disciplined.

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