Tuesday, October 18, 2005

School Suspends Girl For Kissing Girl

At Santiago High School, in the Garden Grove, CA School District, Charlene Nguon, 17, is in the top 5 percent of her class with straight A's, and no other prior discipline problems. Instead of falling for the football players, the soft-spoken teenage girl falls for the girl in science class.

According to a lawsuit filed by the ACLU, what began with the school officials complaining about the two girls expressing the same affections of other hetero teenagers, ended with Principal Ben Wolf suspening Charlene for the rest of her junior year, making her ineligible for National Honor Society.

The lawsuit, filed September 7, seeks to enjoin the school district to obey California's non-discrimination laws. Charlene says, “We need to teach the administration that they can’t discriminate against people. I feel like the school is doing everything to oppress gay people and make them invisible.”