Principal Threatens To Suspend Lesbian Couple For Holding Hands, Outs Students

The Pompano Beach School District is the sixth largest in the United States, and Blanche Ely High School Principal Karlton Johnson is tripping on the power.

A bi-racial, lesbian couple in excellent standing at the school (one is even an honor student) has been threatened with suspension by Johnson for holding hands on campus. While the district’s policies do prohibit displays of affection between all students, the young ladies in question claim that Johnson turns a blind eye to the hand-holding and kissing that goes on daily between straight students.

But it gets worse. Johnson went on to out the girls to their parents. Ohnohedidn’t!

South Florida Times reports:

The two were holding hands while walking to class on May 3 at Blanche Ely High School in Pompano Beach. School Principal Karlton Johnson confronted and took them to his office.

“We were walking to class when he rolled up on his golf cart and said, ‘Didn’t I tell you two to stop doing do that?’ and then he took us to his office,” one of the girls told South Florida TImes. “He gave us a speech and then separated us before calling our parents, which was wrong. My mother already knew but my friend’s mom didn’t know she is into girls.”

One of the teens says Johnson had warned them about holding hands on previous occasions but they continued anyway because straight couples were allowed to do so without incident. The students reacted to Johnson’s action by complaining to school officials.

“There has been a situation in my upcoming [sic] school, Blanche Ely High, dealing with discrimination against the gay/lesbian community,” one of the students wrote in an e-mail complaining to school officials. “Our principal here has tried to suspend me and my friend for holding hands. And I would like to know if such actions are necessary for something so fragile.”

Johnson did not respond to a phone call and an e-mail seeking comment.

While rules are made to be followed, this particular instance is troubling because Johnson is accused of selectively choosing who to apply them too. And straight up, what planet is this high school principal living on? How could he possibly have missed the torrent of gay suicides by bullied and persecuted gay teens reported in depth over the past year. You don’t out teenagers without knowing what their home life is like. EVER.

If Johnson fails to see the potentially devastating effect his discriminatory kneejerk reaction could have caused for these young women at home, then he is clearly not fit to tend to ALL of the students in his care.

What do you think about Johnson outing the girls? Sound off below.

  • Can he be PUBLICLY FLOGGED??? WTF?? Outing someone can be so serious these days, did he not notice the couple who’s father shot the mother and daughter when he found out his daughter was Gay!!!Duh!!! There are far to many re-actions to make such a screwed up action not one that needs to have serious consequences for him!!! If he is that out of touch, Put him OUT TO PASTURE!!! Thanks The Peanut Gallery 

  • Anonymous

     His actions were not only shortsighted, they were vindictive.  Someone with that kind of vendetta against a minority population should not be in charge of a school.

  • This is really horrible…I can only imagine what that poor girl is going through. Coming out can be hellish in and of itself to your family, let alone when a complete stranger tells the parents. This man should be severely punished for possibly endangering the girl’s safety. What if her parents had been one of the creepers who hates on the homos, and decided to shoot someone? Or assault her? Will he be defended if the girl ends up killing herself for this?

  • This is really horrible…I can only imagine what that poor girl is going through. Coming out can be hellish in and of itself to your family, let alone when a complete stranger tells the parents. This man should be severely punished for possibly endangering the girl’s safety. What if her parents had been one of the creepers who hates on the homos, and decided to shoot someone? Or assault her? Will he be defended if the girl ends up killing herself for this?

  • Terrifying that he could and would do   to students – and by his logic, 99% of all couples at my old high school would be suspended. They got o the stage right before sex, too =____=^

  • Srsly

    Well, this is also the state where the pastor burned the Qu’ran. … I happen to have grown up there, and I’ll never move back- willingly.

  • Ashley Valencia

     Disgusting behavior most unfitting of someone with power over young adults. Sadly, he probably won’t receive any kind of punishment, and if he does, it’ll be a slap on the wrist and life will go on.

  •  Shameful, shameful behavior from someone who is supposed to be a “caretaker” of children!!

  • This is heartbreaking as well as sickening. That principal is in the wrong position to be frank. Anyone that blatantly ignorant does not deserve to be in any position of authority, especially where children/young adults are involved. The damage he could have caused is inexcusable and only goes to show how he has failed his students. Lets be thankful these girls were proactive in taking it to a higher authority, and pray that their lives are only affected minimally from this outrage. I only hope the parents and the fellow students are not as ignorant as this ignoramus and cause these girls any more strife.

  • And people wonder why I immediately assume all authority to be abusive until proven otherwise.  What a self-righteous, hypocritical, myopic human-sized penis.  His name should be Richard, just so we can call him “Dick.”

  • Jason Shreeve

    And yet it is very common…………… 

  • David Gartner

    “While rules are made to be followed, this particular instance is
    troubling because Johnson is accused of selectively choosing who to
    apply them too.”

    Uh, it’s “to,” not “too.” However, it’s better not to end a sentence with the word “to.” You’d think a journalist would know this.

  • Emily Phillips

     Oh. You’re “that” guy.

  • Matthew Fahey

     because this comment is SOOOO relevant to the article’s intent and content

  • John T

    Yeah, this is insane.  And obviously, he knows but doesn’t care about the the bullying and persecution gay youth experience.  

    I can’t stand fundamentalist Christians sometimes!  And then THEY wonder why THEY experience such persecution.  They bring it on themselves. 

  • Pasquale Barletta

     Someone this dangerous in attitude, should not be in charge of children.

  • Adriana Nocedal

    It is a shame that this things still happen, something similar happened to me almost 10 years ago, and it didn’t go well at all, I was expelled, then back in with academic probation with the condition of going to a psychiatrist to “treat” me.   I sometimes like to think that things have changed, and maybe there is more tolerance, but when people do this, they bring us back to square one, especially when they are supposed to be role models or authority figures in an educative environment.  Shame on him.

  • Myrick Holder

    I dont understand why people think that it is their business or responsibility to out someone. I had a similar circumstance with a family member who thought it was OK to just tell everyone else, so I know exactly how it feels. When gay people are ready to tell others then that’s the time it should be said. These “straight” people need to understand that if they would mind their own business they would have plenty to deal with instead of sticking their nose where it doesnt belong. Especially being a school administrator he should be there to listen and understand problems with students instead of creating the problem himself. People like this should not be allowed to work with teens at all. Just my opinion

  • I can guarantee you that if you take a walk in the hallways of this guy’s school, that you will be almost tripping over and walking around countless girls and boys making out, groping, and even dry humping with little to no objection. And then when not engaged in these activities, walking hand in hand is completely normal and okay. If the situation were fair, and the principal were riding around catching and wrangling all of these “offenders” into his office in order to call their parents regarding their deeds, he seriously wouldn’t get anything done. 

    With this in mind, this principal probably comes from the school of thought of “oh, those crazy kids with their wild hair and goth makeup and piercings who go off taking drugs and sayin’ they’re gay.” It is quite evident that being gay is still seen as some kind of rebellious thing, that some are trying to “protect” our kids from. So much so, that it’s seen as so dirty and awful when a kid is engaged in such things…like being gay or lesbian is in the same boat as hanging in the parking lot smoking cigarettes or cutting class to do drugs. Aren’t schools the places where we are encouraging people to figure out exactly who they are? Why are schools still teaching hate?