Texas School Maliciously Outs Teen to Parents, Cites “Legal Obligations”

A teen was outed to her parents as gay by her two high school softball coaches, according to a new lawsuit, and defended their actions as "legally obligated to share this information with the parent." The girl, a junior at Kilgore High School in east Texas at the time, was allegedly locked in a room, threatened, and intimidated by coaches Rhonda Fletcher and Cassandra Newell, who then phoned the girl's mother to out her.

According to the lawsuit, "Maliciously and without justification or consent, they disclosed SW’s sexual orientation to her mother. Their unconstitutional and unethical action caused SW severe mental and emotional anguish, resulted in social isolation, and robbed her of the freedom to deal with her sexuality privately, at her own pace and on her own terms."

The girl's attorney, Nicholas Jackson, who works with the Texas Civil Rights Project, says the girl's 14th Amendment rights were violated.

“There’s a line of cases under the 14th Amendment, specifically the due process clause, that recognizes a personal interest in privacy,” Jackson told the Kilgore News Herald. “That privacy interest also includes protection against the government disclosing very private information. It includes disclosure of your sexual orientation, which is the issue in this suit.”

Read more at Raw Story.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at December 24, 2010, 4:10am

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