Lesbian Student Who Got Kicked Out of School Deserves Justice

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holding handsAs if it wasn't hard enough to be a teenage lesbian. Wait, a teenage lesbian enrolled at a Christian high school. Rachel Aviles, a senior at the West Simsbury, Connecticut K-12 Christian school The Master's School, isn't just a teenage lesbian, she's an honest teenage lesbian. And that's what got her kicked out of school.

See, Aviles was actually honest enough to admit to Master's administration, when they interrogated her, that she's a lesbian. Why, you're probably wondering, would school officials "interrogate" a kid about her sexual orientation in the first place?

The reason is so ridiculous, it's almost beyond belief ...

Remember that giddy sense of freedom you'd get when your class went on a field trip? That liberated, we're-out-of-jail feeling tends to bring out the silly side in teens, which is what happened to Rachel and a bunch of her classmates. The girls were apparently pairing off and pretending to be married, holding hands, and calling each other "wifey."

Gasp! Scandalous! No, really -- that was how school administration reacted. They called the girls' behavior "outrageous" and summoned all offending parties to the office for questioning.

Seriously? How is that even legal?? Christian school or not, something sounds, oh, I don't know, incredibly violating and messed up about adult professionals grilling young girls for details on their sexual preference.

Impressively, Aviles told the creepy grown-ups the truth -- an ironically "Christian" thing to do, by the way. For which she was rewarded by being "encouraged" to leave the school ... or face expulsion.

So Aviles left school. I don't blame her. I'm sure she never wanted to set foot in that place again, and the last thing a kid getting ready for college wants on her permanent record is an expulsion, even if it is for a bulls**t reason. Still she continued to prove herself more of a Christian than the people running her school. When she was interviewed about the incident, Aviles declined to say anything bad about Master's, noting, "Just because you've been wronged doesn't mean you have the right to wrong back."

Talk about turn the other cheek.

The Master's School is giving Christianity, high school, and humanity in general a bad name. Those are some major sins to confess, and I have a great suggestion for what kind of penance they should be forced to do: Apologize to Aviles and offer her some kind of compensation for her pain and suffering.

Not that I'm worried about Aviles. She sounds like an awesome person, though she no doubt has a tough road ahead. It's a side effect of having integrity, sorry to say.

Something she definitely didn't learn at school.

Do you think Rachel Aviles deserves justice?

 

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buffa... buffalove23

And this is why I can't find myself able to get behind the Christian religion. She was doing "what a good Christian should do" by telling the truth and gets kicked out of school for it. Actions like what the school did is why unfortunately Christians are labeled at judgmental. Maybe the school administration should remember God is the only one who does the judging.

nonmember avatar Lauren

It's a private school, they can kick her out if they want. Stories like these are why I get so sick of Christians acting like they are somehow superior to people who don't believe in their fairy tales. Of course it was stupid for the school to kick the girl out, but does this really surprise anyone? These are a bunch of people who pick bits and pieces of a book to follow.

ChicH... ChicHippie

Private Christian schools have rules about such things. My bff went to a private Christian college and they would kick you out if they found out you were gay, went drinking, had sex before marriage, etc.. I'm not saying its right but at least they offered her the option to leave without consequence. That's more than most similar schools would do.

PonyC... PonyChaser

you know, I suspect that there's more to this story than we're being told. The story you linked to at BuzzFeed is clearly biased - the "joke" at the end saying that "Jesus was tolerant of this kind of thing... you know, if he was real" hints at that. So I did a google search. I can only find one "mainstream" article. At least, in that article, it says that the school was asked, but, of course, they cannot comment because they are legally bound to "respect her privacy" - although it seems that all around her can say anything they want.


These stories are so convoluted and biased, I can't even begin to comment. On the surface - and the way they are written - I can only say that it's a sad situation. She seems like a nice enough kid, and Christians are taught to be accepting of others. But, as so often happens in stories like this, there may be something major left out that has been considered by the school, but that they can't reveal because of "privacy issues". And she certainly won't say anything because it doesn't help her story.

PonyC... PonyChaser

And i have to call the author and some of the commenters on this: why are you so intolerant of Christians? Even they don't believe the same way you do, shouldn't you be accepting of them? Isn't that exactly what you are asking of them? You want Christians to accept this young lady the way she is - gay or straight, whatever, warts and all, even though she lives a lifestyle that they don't agree with. But you can't extend the same courtesy to Christians - you prefer to lump them all into one evil, intolerant, homosexually-hating bunch. Way to go.

Inis Magrath

@PonyChaser: You have us all wrong. I love Christians. I love the good in all people.

Christians are fond of saying that they love the sinner but hate the sin.

Well, I love the intolerant, but hate the intolerance.

nonmember avatar PStJTT

The "she was kicked out for doing the Christian thing -- telling the truth" is a bit of a stretch. Should we let a murderer go if he admits to the crime? (No, I'm not saying being a Lesbian is a crime.)

She broke the school's rule. It's a stupid rule and they should be ashamed of it, but she broke the rule. Doesn't matter if she admitted breaking it or not. (Though perhaps her honesty is what got her a choice rather than a quick expulsion.)

Karis... Karissa_ruiz

This is why I'm not religious. My mom took us to church and they said straight up "being a homosexual is bad" and my mom got up took us and left. I couldn't be more proud of her cause that was during my "curious stage". I agree the school is private and has a right to kick her out and I praise her for being honest but but the reason the school kicked her out should not be justified.

Karis... Karissa_ruiz

This is why I'm not religious. My mom took us to church and they said straight up "being a homosexual is bad" and my mom got up took us and left. I couldn't be more proud of her cause that was during my "curious stage". I agree the school is private and has a right to kick her out and I praise her for being honest but but the reason the school kicked her out should not be justified.

Putri... PutridyCorpse

Love thy neighbor but hate all the homosexuals. Stone them to death.

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