She claims that when she went to the principal to complain about the harassment, the principal allegedly replied, “I don’t want a dyke in this school.”
Within the first three days of enrolling in Magnolia Junior High School in Mississippi, Destin Holmes, a 16-year-old lesbian, said that teachers called her a “he” instead of “she” which Holmes requested.
But that was just the beginning.
The bullying ensued with students and teachers referring to Holmes as an “it,” “queer,” “freak,” “alien,” “dyke,” and “he-she.” Holmes was also denied access to the girls’ bathroom.
In one of the most shocking incidents, Holmes’ teacher degraded her in front of the entire class when she divided it up into boys vs. girls for a trivia game, but left Holmes in the middle.
“She told me since she didn’t know what I was, I should be on a team of my own,” Holmes said at a Southern Poverty Law Center press conference on Thursday.
Holmes said that when she went to the principal to complain about the harassment, the principal allegedly replied, “I don’t want a dyke in this school.”
Ultimately, Holmes left the junior high after one semester last year and is now being home-schooled.
“I loved being with friends and going to school before I was being bullied,” she said at the conference.
After an investigation that revealed pervasive harassment at the school, the SPLC issued a letter Thursday to the Moss Point School District demanding that the anti-gay bullying come to an end. The letter stated that the school officials “routinely ignore severe and pervasive anti-LGBT harassment,” telling students to “suck it up.”
SPLC attorney Sam Wolfe said at the press conference:
Students face enough obstacles in school without also enduring violence and abuse for simply being different … They are entitled by law to attend school in an environment where they are not singled out and tormented because of their sexual orientation or gender nonconformity.
Wolfe warned that if the district doesn’t create a plan to address the issue, they will face a federal lawsuit.