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Indiana High School Students, Parents Seek Gay-Free Prom

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Monday Feb 11, 2013

Students from a high school in Indiana have teamed up with parents, pastors and even a teacher, in order to have a "traditional prom" that would prohibit gay students from attending, Indiana's NBC affiliate station WTWO reports.

The group from Sullivan High School in Sullivan, Ind., met at Sullivan First Christian Church and urged that LGBT students be excluded from attending the dance.

"If we can get a good prom then we can convince more people to come and follow what they believe," Kynon Johnson, a student, told NBC 2. Others said there are students who want a straight only prom but are afraid to speak their mind.

"We want to make the public see that we love the homosexuals, but we don't think it's right nor should it be accepted," Bonnie McCammon, a student, said.

A special education teacher in the community, Diana Medley, said she also supports the anti-gay prom.

"I believe that it was life circumstances and they chose to be that way; God created everyone equal," Medley said. "Homosexual students come to me with their problems, and I don't agree with them, but I care about them. It's the same thing with my special needs kids, I think God puts everyone in our lives for a reason." She added that she doesn't believe gays have a purpose in life.

"No I honestly don't. Sorry, but I don't. I don't understand it," Medley said. "A gay person isn't going to come up and make some change unless it's to realize that it was a choice and they're choosing God."

When the New Civil Rights Movement reported the story, the website wrote that Medley "should be placed on immediate suspension and steps should be taken to ensure she receives the counseling she needs before she is allowed back into a classroom. She has no business teaching or counseling any student right now if she places her personal religious beliefs above her job and fiduciary responsibilities to children, and if believes that gay people have no purpose in life."

Dan Savage, the creator of the "It Gets Better" campaign, also took issue with the possibility of a prom without LGBT students and wrote on his website, "There's no way to stop the haters at Sullivan High School from holding an independent prom for the special bigoted kids. But here's what we can do: we can make a noise so loud enough that all the queer kids at Sullivan High School hear it. Those kids need to know that there are people -- a lot of people -- who think this shit is wrong."

Meanwhile, a Facebook page has been launched that urges Sullivan High School to hold a prom for all students, however. As of this writing, the page has nearly 3,700 likes.

"This page was created in response to a small group of parents and students in Sullivan, Indiana who are opposed to LGBT students attending their public high school prom," the page's "About" section reads. "Thank you to Sullivan High School is doing the right thing!"


  • kelly, 2013-02-11 17:25:51

    That lady is ugly inside and out!I stopped reading the second the ugly lady said the word "choice" cuz it’s not even a legitimate opinion at that point.

  • , 2013-02-11 18:09:16

    I really enjoy the articles and the news EDGE brings to light because I would not hear most of these stories otherwise but please proof read before publishing. It is incredibly distracting when there are errors in every other sentence.

  • , 2013-02-11 19:07:48

    Edge... Where is the editor? You deliver powerful stories but the last thing we need is for news to is for our news to be broadcast in such a horribly written manner.

  • danpianoman, 2013-02-11 20:26:50

    Jason, I agree with the editing remarks, as I have written dozens of times. I do not believe you have ever offered a response. It hurts the credibility of your wonderful website & app to have such plentiful typos. I would love to volunteer to help. Please respond, considering so many others in this thread are voicing the same frustration. The work you do is valuable and important. Please reflect this in the quality of the editing.

  • , 2013-02-11 23:58:17

    Wow. I’m speachless. It never ceases to amaze me how ignorant our society is. I am gay. I guarantee you I have purpose in this life. What a pathetic lady, this Diana Medley.

  • gdhamf, 2013-02-12 04:34:14

    Sorry for the tone of this post, I am gonna cuss. This bitch needs to have a lesbian snatched put in front of her face and be told that she should be able to enjoy sticking her tongue in it if only she would CHOOSE to enjoy it. fuck this j

  • gdhamf, 2013-02-12 04:35:34

    Sorry for the tone of this post, I am gonna cuss. This bitch needs to have a lesbian snatched put in front of her face and be told that she should be able to enjoy sticking her tongue in it if only she would CHOOSE to enjoy it. fuck this holy roller bitch and the church that rode her in.

  • , 2013-02-12 07:57:35

    Disgusting. Glad I don’t live in that bigoted state. I’d raise hell if I was a student there

  • WayGay, 2013-02-12 08:08:24

    Wow it’s truly sad how these simpletons think.

  • WayGay, 2013-02-12 08:17:24

    I love the hypocrisy these idiots spew. "We love the homosexuals..."What a lie. At least have the courage of your convictions. Love means love. It doesn’t mean you can invoke the word and spit in someone’s face. These high schoolers are just a baseline of an obvious lower middle class town. Their prom will most likely be the highpoint of their lives. It is so funny how they think God is such a hateful thing. It never would occur to them that God made us exactly how he wanted. It must truly be a struggle for them to live their lives in fear. The gay students of that high school should concentrate on their grades, get into a good college, have a professional career and then return to their ten year reunion and see how fat the prom girls got and see the prom king pumping gas.

  • , 2013-02-12 16:30:09

    We Love THE homosexual !!!!! What the hell,I am a gay man living in the Uk, this simply would not pass were i live, Come on American sort out ur freaks ......

  • , 2013-02-13 08:08:45

    So special needs students choose to be disabled? Its hard to justify bigotry, just stop by trying to justify your hatred.

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