Yearbook adviser to students: ‘You either cut the gay couple or I cut the page’

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Here’s an excerpt from the New York Daily News via KRDO in Colorado:

A group of Colorado high school students are slapping their faculty yearbook adviser with charges of discrimination after they say she made them yank a photo of two lesbian students holding hands from this year’s edition, according to a local report.

Rudolpho Tribulio and Anna Carmichael, of Palmer High in Colorado Springs, said the adviser booted them from the yearbook staff and two others quit over the gay photo flap, local station KRDO reported.

“She told me, in these exact words, ‘You either cut the gay couple or I cut the page,’” Tribulio told the station.

The photo of the girls holding hands was to appear on a page showing photos of couples at the school.

School district spokesman Devra Ashby swatted back the student’s claims, saying the page was cut because of a school policy against excessive PDA – not bias against same-sex couples.

“If there’s too much PDA, it’s against policy. It’s going to get cut,” Ashby told KRDO.

Accordingly, here is another excerpt from HyperVocal, the original link above:

“Regardless of any sort of situation inside the photograph. If theres too much PDA, it’s against policy. It’s going to get cut,” said District 11 Public Information Officer Devra Ashby.

In the end, the relationship page was cut in favor of a “diversity” page. But former Palmer High School yearbook editor Anna Carmichael told KRDO the yearbook adviser then came up with a new restriction: “No names, only the labels. So for a picture of a Muslim, she wanted to label them as a Muslim.”

How’s that for diversity?

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