Principal Bullying Students at Valley Stream South HS
Students and supporters to rally and protest January 20th - 3:15pm after principal refuses to allow a Gay-Straight Alliance to form.
For Immediate Release
Media Contact: David Kilmnick, Chief Executive Officer, 631.665.2300
PRINCIPAL BULLYING STUDENTS AT
VALLEY STREAM SOUTH HS
STUDENTS & SUPPORTERS TO RALLY & PROTEST JAN. 20th - 3pm
Bay Shore, NY – Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY) along with dozens of students and supporters of a proposed Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club at Valley Stream South HS will hold a protest and rally in front of the school on Thursday, January 20 at 3:15pm to call on the bullying tactics of its school principal to stop.
Valley Stream South High School students, who have been trying to form a GSA at the school since October 2010, have had their proposal rejected by the school’s principal Maureen Henry, despite following proper procedures and numerous discussions with Ms. Henry. When talking about why the club was important and sharing their own personal experiences of being bullied, including being called a “faggot”, Ms. Henry told the students that she too called people “faggots” when she was young and didn’t mean anything bad by it.
Joseph Kofler, 17, one of the students organizing the club was shocked by the reaction, lack of support and felt Ms. Henry’s response was an endorsement of the bullying that takes place everyday in his school. Joseph says “this school really needs a GSA and not because it’s a ‘gay club’. In fact it’s the opposite of our goals, which is to bring about understanding and acceptance for all of our students. And I want to feel safe coming to school everyday and this club will help toward reaching these goals” said Kofler, a senior at the school.
Kofler and other students circulated a petition signed by more than 300 students. “Ms. Henry must be living under a rock with her rejection of these students seeking to start this club, her appalling and homophobic response and her lack of awareness of the rampant bullying and suicides that have been taken place and garnering attention in the past year”, said David Kilmnick, CEO of LIGALY. “There are over 90 GSA’s that already exist in Long Island schools and by allowing a GSA for students to feel safer is not something revolutionary – in fact, the school is way behind the times and these brave students should be commended for trying to make a difference” said Kilmnick.
The protest and rally will take place at 3:15pm outside the entrance of Valley Stream South High School, 135 Jedwood Place, Valley Stream, NY.