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Lesbian T-shirt school storm
Herald Sun ^ | 19Feb2006 | MARY PAPADAKIS

Posted on 02/20/2006 12:18:28 AM PST by CrawDaddyCA

A STUDENT being asked to remove a T-shirt with a lesbian slogan has sparked a protest at a school in Melbourne's northwest.

About 30 students at Strathmore Secondary College last week rallied behind Year 12 classmate Stephanie, 17, after she was told by teachers to change out of the T-shirt for school photos.

Stephanie, who did not want her surname published, said she had worn a T-shirt bearing the slogan "Nobody knows I'm a lesbian" to school on several occasions without concerns being raised by staff or fellow students.

"I've had it for ages," she said.

But she said things changed when she wore it on school photo day, sparking concern among Year 12 co-ordinators.

She was quickly asked to take the T-shirt off.

"They said it was because certain parents would complain," Stephanie said.

Her mother, Susan, said she had had the controversial T-shirt printed for her daughter when she was about 15.

Susan said her daughter was brave to wear the T-shirt in public and particularly at school.

"I'm proud of her," she said. "I love her and I don't care what she is."

Stephanie said she was disappointed by the school's request for her to remove the T-shirt, but understood the concerns.

She said she would wear the T-shirt to school again once the issue had calmed down.

The incident triggered a protest by other Year 12 students, who turned up at school wearing T-shirts with similar slogans. They included "Nobody knows I am bulimic", "Nobody knows I'm pregnant" and "Nobody knows I'm on steroids". The students said they found the request to Stephanie discriminatory and an attack on free speech.

Stephanie said she was shocked by the amount of support she had received.

"It's pretty cool I guess," she said.

The school declined to comment this week.

TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: carpetmuncher; dresscodes; dyke; homosexualagenda; lesbian; teens; tshirt
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To: sgtbono2002
If this is the group in the future of America I change my mind and support abortion.

Luckily, they appear to be the future of Australia.

41 posted on 02/20/2006 7:21:29 AM PST by TC Rider (The United States Constitution 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: wintertime

"suppress these rights."

One attains the rights of citizenship at the age of majority. Until that time, the only "rights" these pathetic losers have are the right to shut up and the right to do as they're told.

They *definitely* have no right to go around proselytizing for perverted sexual behavior.

42 posted on 02/20/2006 7:57:28 AM PST by dsc
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To: robertpaulsen

"A 15-year-old doesn't have a clue whether she's a lesbian or not."

The first thing they should have done was find out who'd been molesting this girl that she even knew about such things as rug munching.

43 posted on 02/20/2006 7:59:31 AM PST by dsc
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To: Thinkin' Gal

I wonder "what" her mother is. Is there a father in the home, I wonder.

44 posted on 02/20/2006 8:10:25 AM PST by little jeremiah
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To: proud_yank
Until we have an official 'Gun Owner Appreciation Week', I will not even think about recognizing all this tolerance crap. If my wish is granted, I still won't.

I'm just contemplating the school's reaction if a boy walked in wearing "Nobody knows how many guns I own".

45 posted on 04/22/2006 5:49:41 AM PDT by SauronOfMordor (A planned society is most appealing to those with the hubris to think they will be the planners)
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To: SauronOfMordor

Excellent point. 'Disruptive behavior' such as that CERTAINLY should not be tolerated in a public school.

I imagine that even wearing a t-shirt with Remington or Winchester on it would be enough to get you expelled today.

Imagine the reaction to 'Everyone knows I'm a Christian'???

46 posted on 04/26/2006 3:48:54 PM PDT by proud_yank (A liberal's 'generosity' is limited to the funds available in someone else's account.)
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