The two students quickly headed to the administration to figure out what happened. They were told that their quotes were intentionally removed. It seems that the staff didn’t want to risk offending anyone in the school.
Clearly, the two students are open about their sexuality. It’s not like they are spray painting the fact that they’re gay on school walls. They’re simply summing up their confidence and openness in a quote and they shouldn’t be punished for doing so.
The school thought differently, however. There were fears they might “offend another student or groups of students.” Apparently coming out is no longer the hardest thing a gay person can do. No, now it’s just a way of offending others.
The students were disappointed to find their photo was left without a caption underneath. “I went to find my quote in the yearbook but nothing was there. It was a blank picture under my name,” Swartz added.
Despite avoiding offense, the administration realized that in pulling the quotes, they had still managed to offend students. Mainly, the two boys themselves. Soon, the administration was apologizing to the students.
Staff in the administration quickly released a statement to apologize to the boys. “In an effort to protect our students, quotes that could potentially offend another student or groups of students are not published. Doing so, in this case, had the unintentional consequence of offending the very students the practice was designed to protect.”
“We sincerely apologize to those students.” Of course, the students were baffled by the decision. Both students are comfortable with their sexuality so the decision to publish the quotes wouldn’t have offended them.
Think about it, if they were not ready to come out yet, they wouldn’t have written such quotes. It seems that the staff in the administration might have imposed their own uncomfortable feelings on the students. In doing so, they presumed the students would be uncomfortable.
“I’m proud to be from Kearney and I’m proud to be who I am,” Slivinski stated. “I’m just disappointed at what happened.” The two students have now made stickers of their quotes. This way, they can stick the quotes on their friends’ yearbooks.
These two boys clearly don’t need protection. They don’t need anyone to feel uncomfortable for them. At such a young age, they already have the confidence they need to move beyond the issue of coming out. These two know who they are, they are comfortable and confident and nobody should make them feel uncomfortable for being so.