Principal Shuts Down Cosmetology Class Because One of the Students ‘Looked’ Gay

For more than a decade now, the Beaumont Independent School District’s Taylor Career and Technology Center in Texas — which has the worst website you’ve seen in a long time — has offered an Adult Cosmetology class. It caters to a lot of single moms, according to instructor Cequada Clark, and she was excited for the new school year.

But she recently found out the class was canceled by Principal Thomas Amons. Was it because of budget cuts? A bad evaluation? Nope.

It’s because Amons thought one of the students enrolled in the class this semester looked gay. And since it’s illegal to bar someone from a public school because of his sexual orientation, Amons — who is, not surprisingly, a deacon at a Baptist church — decided to just cancel the class altogether:

Principal Thomas Amons (left) and student Kwmane Gray (via The Examiner)

“As soon as we got a student that [Amons] thought was gay, that was the end. He saw [Kwmane Gray] come into the class, and then he came to get me out of there,” Clark said of Principal Amons… The instructor said she was told to tell Gray he wasn’t welcome in the program. Feeling a moral objection to what was taking place, she refused. “I told (Amons) if he wanted to tell that young man that, he would need to do that himself.”

Clark said she had mixed feelings about speaking out about what she knew concerning the closure of the adult cosmetology class, but in the end, she had to do what she knew was right.

“It’s a chance they may fire me all the way, and honestly that’s a chance I’m willing to take,” she said. “I made up in my mind I’m not going to compromise or lie for anyone. I love my job — love it, love it, love it — but I have to stand up for what’s right.”

And then, last night, Principal Amons fired her.

This is unbelievable.

That a principal could get away with this sort of bigotry without losing his job.

That a teacher loses her job for doing the right thing.

That anyone would be surprised at a (possibly) gay student enrolling in a Cosmetology class…

Amons needs to be penalized for this. That’ll be the icing on the cake after the BISD gets hit with a massive lawsuit.

(via The Ex-Convert)

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • Michael Corry

    I went to the website – oh my eyes!  Expect a lawsuit.

    • http://www.alise-write.com Alise Wright

      The site totally reminds me of this episode of Strong Bad.

      http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail51.html 

      • http://twitter.com/tapakip Patrick

        A strongbad reference.  Love it.  Pretty sure their website was made around the same time.

    • Trickster Goddess

       They claim that they teach graphic design. I might suggest they take one
      of their own courses, but then maybe they already did. Check out the
      ‘About Us’ and other links at the bottom: they are all .mht files which
      Firefox has to open with Internet Explorer and are blank. (And the URL
      for the TAPP link is nonsensical, even.)

      Looking at the meta headers, it show that the site was designed in Microsoft Word.

      **BONUS** Click on the flaming words to find a prominently displayed design credit.

    • Stacy

      It’s like when Homer Simpson was Internet King.

  • Ajay V.

    That website looks like it’s from 1994.

    • http://www.facebook.com/gwydionfrost Daniel Parker

      …you are being generous.

    • Stev84

      I’ve seen far worse. There is only one burning bit of text, but at least the rest of the text isn’t in randomly alternating colors.

      There is this conspiracy theory website I can’t remember the address of. It’s a thousand times worse than this.

      • amycas

         Time cube!

        • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

          No, there’s another.  I think I know what Stev84 is talking about.

        • Anonymous Atheist

          Here’s another ‘good’ one: http://666ismoney.com/

  • El Bastardo

    One thing of note on that hideous web site, an e-mail address.
    dcyrus@beaumont.k12.tx.us

    • Anonymous Atheist

      Looks like dcyrus is an “Instructional Technologist”, perhaps responsible for the bad website, but certainly not for the cosmetology shutdown. The principal’s email address is tamons@beaumont.k12.tx.us and the superintendent is tchargo@beaumont.k12.tx.us 

  • king_damond01

    Wow! I take this personal due to the fact that I know this guy. I have been knowing Amons for most of my life. He was my jr high principle and high school principle. He was pretty strict but pretty fair back in the day(I graduated in 2001). When I found out that Amons was a fellow veteran, I had more respect for him. I just lost every bit of respect I ever had for this guy after reading this article. I wonder how he would react if his daughter or one of his two sons came out as gay. I am not surprised that this happened in Beaumont. Southeast Texas is one of the most racist, bigoted, christian areas in the US (remember James Byrd jr). I’m not trying to stray too far off subject but my family wonders why I would never move back to that place.

    • popeyoni

      *principal

      • king_damond01

        Ooops, edited…. Thanks, long night lol

    • Robert

      Whoa now, I hope you mean the smaller cities in the SE because I live in Houston which is just a hopscotch away from Beaumont, and I have to say not all of us down in the SE are bible thumping idiots. In fact, Houston’s Mayor is a Lesbian, and we have a huge LGBT community down here. 

      • king_damond01

        I am talking areas like Beaumont, vidor etc. I remember I came home on r&r back in 06 and CNN was suppose to do a town hall meeting on how they were trying to change the image of vidor from racist to more diverse. Keep in mind that vidor is about 5 mins from Beaumont. A lot of times when we would pass through going to louisiana, we would see the klan on the side of the rds in vidor. So vidor always had that racist stigma. And I remember when they were actually giving minorities special perks to move there. They didn’t last long at all. Now I use to go to jasper all the time when I was younger. I was pretty stunned when that happened to James Byrd jr. As far as Beaumont, that’s my hometown and it has it’s share of racism too. Not long ago, a lot of black police officers quit the police force because it was so bad. They ended up going to the sheriffs dep or the new BISD police force. And I’m glad I had pretty thick skin because, I’ve been called “nigger” quite a few times. Now I go to Houston more than beaumont.

        • HyperMirage

          Man, I forgot about Vidor. When passing through Vidor whatever you do, don’t stop.

          • king_damond01

            I have a good friend. If you look at him from a distance you would think he is a white guy. We hunt, fish etc. One time we were riding around after we went fishing and he told Me he was going to go see his girlfriend. He didn’t tell me she was from vidor. Lol when we took the exit in vidor I was so uneasy. It wasn’t bad at all though.

    • Qw

      Thomas Amps IS gay, this is classic self loathing. Please let everyone you know who has any idea who he is about his self hating homosexuality.

  • Baby_Raptor

    What do you expect? It’s Texas. I got the Fuck out of there as soon as I could.

    • king_damond01

      I feel you. I’m glad I got out of Beaumont. I’m still here in Texas in the fort hood/Killeen area. It’s really not bad at all up here. But it’s 100 times better than southeast tx. I do miss the food though.

      • http://exconvert.blogspot.com/ Kacy

        I’m stuck here, but I’ve found enough like-minded people to help in the fight.

      • Baby_Raptor

        I was stationed at Ft. Hood for 4 years. I do kinda miss it.

        • king_damond01

          I retired here. But being that my whole family lives in the town in this article, I think I’m going to stay here. It’s only 4 hrs away but it’s far enough away that people have to call before thy come. They can’t just pop up on a 4 hr drive lol. But I like it here in Killeen. Ive been here since 2004 minus a deployment and a 5 month tour to korea.

    • Anonymous Atheist

      Each individual makes their own decisions, but as a general principle, I’d encourage progressive people to continue trying to improve the culture of the regressive areas where they live (even if not through any headline-grabbing action, just being yourself in daily life to whatever extent works for you at the time), instead of all moving away to concentrate in the popular cities with progressive reputations. This ‘sorting’ has some cumulative negative impacts on society as a whole. http://www.amazon.com/The-Big-Sort-Clustering-Like-Minded/dp/0618689354

  • http://www.laughinginpurgatory.com/ Andrew Hall

    I shudder to think what Texas would be like if the South had won the Civil War.

    • 0xabad1dea

      This is the absolutely only reason I oppose letting Texas revert to independent republic status. It would be a death sentence for nonconformants trapped inside. 

    • LesterBallard

      Well, I don’t think the principal would be a principal. 

    • http://www.holytape.etsy.com Holytape

      You mean they lost the war of northern aggression?!  That’s not what my Texas-approved history book says.   It says that they whooped those communist yankees, but in the end, decided to be nice and let the north rejoin them.  

  • jdm8

    I smell a lawsuit. I don’t see how this is legally defensible. And the guy’s a quadruple coward, for regarding a gay person as a second class citizen, for trying to make an underling do his dirty work of getting rid of the person, for cancelling a class when that didn’t work, and for canning the teacher that stood up to his bigotry.

    • Seth

      Yeah, a lawsuit in East Texas. I got news for you, that won’t end well for a gay kid. That place is a festering pool of corruption and bigotry, there is no chance a judge, who is ELECTED, will stand against a Deacon and for a *homosexual*. Zero, zip, nada. Not unless he wants to lose his cushy salary and his exalted position in the tight-knit community.

      I say this as a Texan dating a woman from the Beaumont area. I swear I hear Dueling Banjos every time I drive out there.

      • Pam

        Exactly why electing judges is such a dodgy practice. Upholding the law isn’t their first interest – upholding personal ideology is.

      • JimmyBoy

        Then it can be appealed to a higher court where they will surely lose.

  • Barbara

    Is there a teacher’s union for that district? I’m guessing no, because it’s hard to believe that principal would be so brazen with a union around. Then again, some Christians tend to do stupid things in an effort to defend their God. To them I say, how about defending humans for a change?

    • Raising_Rlyeh

      It’s Texas, and I may be incorrect about this, but Texas does not allow teachers’ unions.

      • WoodyTanaka

        Wow.  Occupied North Mexico is a really barbaric place.  They say everything is bigger in Texas.  Not true.  Only the stupidity is.

        • kenk2260

          I guess you didn’t read all of the posts from people saying that the major cities in Texas are just fine. Including Houston, with its Lesbian mayor. So you may kiss my ass and fuck off, opinionated asshole

        • kenk2260

          Pennsylvania, home of Rick Santorum. Occupied South Ontario. Minnesota, home of Michelle Bachmann. Occupied South Manatoba. Plenty of right wing Fundy dickheads in Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin also. Fuck you, hater

          • WoodyTanaka

            LOL. Wow, it’s easy to get you Texas douche bags riled up, huh.

            • kenk2260

              Wow, its ez to get asswipe asslicker cunts named after an erect penis riled up, huh? It was 72 degrees in Houston yesterday. Enjoying shoveling the snow in the Yankee hellhole in which you live. Why don’t you shove it up your ass so your wife can suck it out???

              • kenk2260

                Our dicks are bigger, that’s why all the Yankee cunts leave your city to come down and suck our dicks. Most even go all ATM on us after we fuck them up their tight assholes

              • WoodyTanaka

                Come on bubba, is that the best you can do? Maybe if you asked your sister/wife she’ll help you out.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1430445395 Mark McCoy

        Texas does allow “associations”, though, and all local teacher’s associations are affiliates of either the Texas State Teacher’s Association (backed by the National Educator’s Association) or Association of Texas Professional Educators.  The difference is that while the teacher’s associations do have collective bargaining powers (for things like insurance plans and pay increases) as well as grievance/arbitration protection, they don’t have the same level of power that a union would in other states.

  • http://www.facebook.com/AnonymousBoy Larry Meredith

    based on that picture, Kwmane Gray doesn’t look gay at all to me = Is being neatly dressed “gay looking”? How does Amons dress? Like a slob?

    • http://profiles.google.com/julielada Julie Lada

       He’s a deacon at a predominantly black Baptist church. $20 says his wardrobe is more flamboyant than the student’s.

      • king_damond01

        True story, this church was the last church I attended as a christian, that was about 6 yrs ago.

      • Zhuarg

         $20 says this is projection on the part of the principal.

  • A3Kr0n

    The principal needs to go to jail.

  • TGAP Dad

    Holy shit, stop the presses! You mean that a guy in a cosmetology might be gay?? Preposterous! Next thing you know, you’ll be spouting some nonsense about zebras having both black AND white stripes! What kind of whoppers are they telling there in Texas?

    • TheBlackCat

       Don’t be silly.  Zebras only have block stripes, and those stripes are on a white background.  Or was it white stripes on a black background.

  • mints11

    I have a good friend who is an excellent cosmetologist and not gay at all. He jokes around saying his job is the best to find beautiful and smart girls (while he does the makeup he gets a chance to talk to them and blahblahblah).
    People are so judgmental some times

    • http://gloomcookie613.tumblr.com GloomCookie613

      We had straight guys in my cosmetology classes. They were tripping over girls that wanted do date the straight stylist. Your friend has the right idea! To assume that a guy is gay based on looks and wanting to be a stylist is ridiculous.

      We had one instructor that was weird about our couple of gay students, but she got over herself and did her job anyway. It was all “but, but Jeeesus!” until someone asked her if Jeeesus can pay her bills for her after she’s fired for discrimination. I don’t feel bad at all for asking. :D

  • Raising_Rlyeh

    Bring on the lawsuit. Principal should lose his job and it should be large enough financially to send a message. 

  • observer

    The principle  stopped a whole class due to his unwarranted suspicion, and he fired the instructor. Yet, I’ll bet he complains that it’s the gays who’ll take away everyone’s rights.

    • Barbara

      Isn’t that the truth? Sad, but totally how people like him think. They use their absentee God as a scapegoat excuse for their shamefully unhumane behavior.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/P7XRZYHIF7ELJTK34TWIMIJOJA Ex Patriot

    I lived in Oklahoma for 18 years and saw enough of Texas to know that both the states were cesspools of bigotry and racist bible thumpers. I now live in Europe where there is some decent culture  

    • Tim

      I’m a European who visted Texas a few year ago expecting it to be backward and actually found it to be a lovely place full of really nice people and fantastic food.  I saw some smart people, great Universities and worked with some biomedical research companies which showed innovation and a go-ahead attitude that would put most Europeans to shame.  I couldn’t cope with the climate, but if I had to live in the USA I could think of worse places I would choose.  Sure there are idiots everywhere but I do feel it is my duty to defend a state which impressed this Brit beyond my expectations. 

      PS.  I have only just figured out what “Cosmetology” is.  Surely it isn’t a real word?   

      • Octoberfurst

         Were you in Austin by chance? It is a great place and a liberal bastion in a very conservative State.  I know that there are good and decent people everywhere.  But what people are saying that, in general, Texas, like most of the southern US, has more than its share of Bible-thumping bigots which is due to the prevalence of conservative churchs that dominate the area. (It is the most religious part of the USA.)

        • http://profiles.google.com/conticreative Marco Conti

          I was wondering if the OP was in Austin as well. But also it sounds like he rolled in a very different environment than your average cosmetology student. 

        • Robert

          Don’t forget Houston! We have the biggest LGBT community in the south, and even our Mayor is Lesbian! I hate that Texas gets such a bad rep because of our smaller cities when our bigger cities are quite open and friendly!

          • Tim

            It was mainly Houston, the Woodlands and there abouts.

      • Anonymous Atheist

        Wiki: “Cosmetology is the study and application of beauty treatment. Branches of specialty including hairstyling, skin care, cosmetics, manicures/pedicures, and electrology [hair removal].”

      • Guest

        The major cities of Texas are just fine. Try driving 100 miles outside the city limits. 

  • Jessica

    Hemant, can we ad flames to FA’s website?  Pleeease?
    This stupid site has zero flames. 
    MORE FLAMES, I SAY!

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Hemant Mehta

      Working on it!

      • http://www.holytape.etsy.com Holytape

        You should also include a lot of low resolution gifs, and change the font so that no one has any idea what is being shown or written.  

        And are you sure his last name is Campbell-Amons, because it looks like camfcc,i,i,-a mom?

      • http://profiles.google.com/conticreative Marco Conti

        I love that they have a “Graphic Design” department. 

  • WoodyTanaka

    Here’s hoping there multiple lawsuits, both against the principal and the school district/municipality.  Hopefully a couple of big paydays for the victims will teach these morons a thing or two.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shuteme Randy Shute

    Please do follow up on this story. I hope that school gets sued into bankruptcy, and that horrible principal gets fired.

    • Doug

      No, the unfortunate thing is that punishing the school too broadly will just hurt all the other students. Certainly the principal and any higher ups who allow this deserve to get canned, though.

  • LesterBallard

    Sue his ass. Take his job, take every fucking penny he has. 

  • Darwin’s Dagger

    Surely that website design is an abomination to the Lord.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1430445395 Mark McCoy

    The good thing is that there are pockets of reason and “blue” areas to offset this kind of behavior, mostly in the big cities like San Antonio, Dallas, and Austin.  I consider myself an Independent with Democratic leanings, and I am very proud that our mayor from San Antonio gave such a great speech at the DNC last week.

    • Anonymous Atheist

      Actually, this *did* happen in one of the ‘blue’ areas…
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:2008prescountymap.PNG
      There are bigots/jerks/fanatics/idiots everywhere, even in the areas where they don’t dominate the vote (or other factors they care about more convince them to set aside their bigotry for the vote). For one example of many, Houston is home to both a homosexual mayor, and the largest megachurch in the country, led by homophobe Joel Osteen.

  • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

    They have a graphic design program?  Judging from the source of the website, that entails how to use big flashy fonts in Word 3.0.

    Among other things, they are also in violation of section 508 of the Rehabilitation act https://www.section508.gov/index.cfm?fuseAction=1998Amend (And section 504 makes 508 apply to any education facility that receives any federal funds)

    Edit: ok, ok, Word 12. Which is worse because it means someone is actually maintaining that monstrosity.

  • Highlander

    I wonder what would happen if he saw a woman in the Automotive or welding program who was just a little too “Masculine”.  Would he close down those traditionally male programs just like he closed down the traditionally female cosmetology program?

  • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.macnulty Daniel MacNulty

    what a douche canoe.  Two faced assholes like him are the SOLE REASON I have refused to go to church since I was  a teenager.  Religion in its modern form is USELESS and teaches nothing but hatred, bigotry, fear and prevent free thinking.  It worked in medieval times.  Times have changed.

  • Kappabani

    Interesting: how can a believer in Jesus Christ punish other people and destroy their joy *without getting a ticket to Hell* because HE doesn’t like someone? I am SOO glad I’m Zen Taoist and will NEVER get any trouble with my code of believe. I’ll never be a hypocrit, lier and imposter.

  • http://profiles.google.com/5up.mushroom 5up Mushroom

    Principal Amons email is tamons@beaumont.k12.tx.us. Consider writing the gentleman and letting him know what you think of his behavior; in a friendly atheist way, of course.

    There is also a Change.org petition to remove him from his position as principal that I would highly encourage anyone that finds this to be as revolting as it clearly is, to sign. http://www.change.org/petitions/bisd-superintendent-fire-principal-thomas-amons?utm_campaign=share_button_mobile&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition&utm_term=28657812

    • RobertoTheChi

      Thanks for the info. Signed the petition.

    • nakedanthropologist

      I signed up too!  And muchas gracias por la informacion.

  • nakedanthropologist

    Amons the Asshole?  The Unprincipled Principal?  Baptist Bigot?  I don’t know which moniker to use, because they all fit perfectly.  Clark and Kwmane need to get in touch with the ACLU – this disgusting excuse for an “educator” is obviously unfit for the position he holds. 

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    Look at those pictures of Amons. He looks so gay-looking! Yeah, I’m sure he’s gay-looking. He’s got the gay-looking moustache, the gay-looking short-cropped hair, and who but a gay-looking man would ever wear a gay-looking  light blue shirt with gay-looking too-tight khaki Bermuda shorts?! And those gay-looking brown sandals! Hey Amons, did you get that gay-looking hat from your gay-looking friend at the local gay-looking bar where gay-looking men carouse to look gay in front of each other? Looking gay is illegal and immoral.  He should be arrested by the anti-gay-looking fashion police.

    • Another friendly atheist

      Richard, I know where you were going with this, but that is actually Kwame on the right.  

      • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

        Ah. Uh, I see… Thank you for pointing that out.  (Ahem) Well, it just goes to show you that anybody can be gay-looking. I mean look at Amons’ (the gay-looking guy on the left) gay-looking suit! And that gay-looking tie! And he runs a school with the most gay-looking parking lot I’ve ever seen! Daffodil Yellow parking bumpers?? I mean really, pulleeeaze!  And that gay-looking… And those gay-looking…

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    Is this the Cosmetological Argument?

    Sorry, I couldn’t stop myself. 

    • That Guy

      Nice one, Dick.

      Sorry, neither could I.

  • Randomfactor

    And, apparently, lying is OK too:

    http://www.bmtisd.com/articles/bisd-cosmetology-program-remains-for-bisd-students/

    “Due to budget restraints and no Beaumont ISD cosmetology graduates registering for the class”

  • http://www.facebook.com/joequincy Jon Peterson

    Please tell us that the prof has been contacted by the FFRF or someone with the power to help her through a court battle. This guy does not understand, and therefore does not deserve his position in a public institution.

    • http://exconvert.blogspot.com/ Kacy

       A concerned group has sent a formal letter to the ACLU.  We are seeking legal counsel and trying to obtain the legal documents necessary to build a case.

  • http://exconvert.blogspot.com/ Kacy

    Update:  BISD claims that the program was cancelled due to budget cuts.  We (concerned East Texans) are protesting on Saturday to obtain information about when the budget was made, and when the plans were made to cancel the cosmetology program.  If they planned to cut the program, why did they let students register and let classes start on Monday?  We are filing a Freedom of Information request and looking for a good lawyer to help us get to bottom of this.

  • RobertoTheChi

    I hope this piece of shit gets fired ASAP! I am beyond disgusted by this. I hope there is a lawsuit and this asshole loses his job.

  • http://profiles.google.com/conticreative Marco Conti

    I am not sure that firing the principal would be the appropriate punishment. 
    Far better would be to force him to hire the teacher back, reinstate the class and make him work there for the full year surrounded by gay cosmetologists.

    I bet he’ll wish he was fired, but regardless, they should be sued for a monetary compensation so it hurts in their wallet. Then the plaintiffs would be free to turn the money back to the school as a donation toward supplies, textbooks and whatever the school needs.

    • TheBlackCat

       Theoretically, that might be okay, but in practice I suspect he will do everything he can to make their lives miserable.  Further, from what I have heard, this is not an isolated incident, he has a long history of homophobia.  So even if they make him put up with it here, he is going to do as much bad stuff to homosexuals as he can get away with.  He needs to go.

  • brianmacker

    Sounds like an even bigger hate crime to cancel the entire class than just kicking out the one person. More people were effected by the bigotry.

  • Anonymous Atheist

    To make matters even worse… something I haven’t seen much mention of yet, deep in the Examiner article… he really is gay, but he was still ‘in the closet’ until this happened:

    ” Gray said he is gay but has never been open about his sexuality before now, and was forced into the spotlight when word was given to the entire class that the reason no one would be furthering their education in cosmetology was because of him.
    “Six or seven other girls in there can’t get their license because of me,” Gray explained. “That just isn’t right.
    “Right now, I can see I’m going to need counseling. I wasn’t at the point in my life to really open up about my sexuality. This is a big depression on me – he thought I was gay, and he didn’t want me around. That’s pretty tough to hear.” “

    • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

      Six or seven other girls in there can’t get their license because of me

      This is so not his fault.  I know it doesn’t feel that way, but damn, blame where blame is due.

  • Anonymous Atheist

    Well well, look at this new update – they now say they’ll bring back the class next month. http://theexaminer.com/stories/news/backlash-prompts-new-bisd-program-offering

    (Found this because of an update in the petition description: http://www.change.org/petitions/bisd-superintendent-release-documentation )

  • Cj_texas25

    District non-discrimination policy taken from their website notice one thing missing.  “It is the policy of the Beaumont Independent School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, handicapping condition, or age in its programs, services, activities, or employment practices as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. The Beaumont Independent School District is committed to providing a free and appropriate public education for all students. ”  That’s right sexual orientation is not included folks.  Based on current district policy its surprisingly ok  for the principal to do this.    The policy also needs to be amended.

    • Stev84

      There is no federal law forbidding discrimination based on sexual orientation. And most states don’t have such laws either:
      http://www.aclu.org/maps/non-discrimination-laws-state-state-information-map

      (this map looks a bit more encouraging than it is because light blue only covers public employment)

      A good start would be to not have school officials who are also clergy. A teacher – like the one doing the cosmetics class – ok, but not ones with real authority.

  • skinnercitycyclist

    This guy is in for the shitstorm of his life…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonny.smiles1 Jonny Smiles

    I wonder how quick the black community would be up in arms if a white principle decided he wanted to cancel a program because a black person wanted to enroll. I find it horrible when I see black people(or any other minority) wanting to curtail other peoples right after fighting so hard to win equal rights themselves. They can say its about budget cuts all they want but the interviews with the teacher and what the principle said to her clearly demonstrate where this came from.

    • Seth

      It always blows my mind how the first thing a minority does once it gains equality is turn around and oppress another minority. “I got mine, Jack.” 

      • Wayne Smith

         Like Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians.

        “Let the denunciations begin…”

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10215724 Raj Bhatt

        Agreed. The Irish did it, the Italians did it, hell the whole of the Republican Party does it. And it seems as if that sentiment is now invading the African American community now as well.

        • 33Samuelle33

          ” The Irish did it, the Italians did it,” 
           I have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. Who have the Irish ever oppressed? … and the Italians? Are you talking about pre-historic oppression by wolves?  or maybe Mussolini? I really don’t know wtf you are talking about

          • Diocletian

             It’s simple history.  Irish came over as indentured servants and basically lived side-by-side with black people.  This is why black families have Irish names (great example is Shaq).  Then as indentured servitude started to end and plantation owners had a hard time maintaining order, they gave the Irish servants land to segregate them from the black population.  The Irish, now firmly on the side of the plantation owners (not wanting to go back to working fields again…) began to rampantly discriminate against blacks.

            Sort of the same story happened as Italians began coming over.  They were just as low on the class order as black people and had to share communities.  Then as Italians began to accumulate wealth and the mafia grew in influence, Italians began to discriminate against blacks.

            • Tiktok

              So you mean white American people of Irish descent, not the Irish.

              • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10215724 Raj Bhatt

                I’m sorry, I should have clarified that I meant Irish and Italians in America.

              • Rick

                If they were indentured servants coming to America, than they are still Irish, the kids they had once they go there were Americans of Irish descent.

                • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

                  Actually they got American citizenship when they stepped off the boat.  But I think we’re splitting hairs here.

          • shelby

            You obviously need to open a history book. Things happened before the 90s, ya know?

            • Divizna

              No, shelby. It’s you who needs to open an atlas.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10215724 Raj Bhatt

            I’m sorry, I should have clarified that I meant Irish and Italians in America.

            • Siobhra

              My grandfather had a sign he took from a store in Philly, PA. The sign said “Help Wanted, Irish need not apply”. It was a common sign in around 1900.

        • http://twitter.com/MoMoVonBlack Mo Cashionista™

          Where is this ‘African American Community’ you all seem to know so much about..? smh… It’s amazing to me that you don’t see how this idea in your head that we all, collectively, think alike is a symptom of YOUR racism. Again, I ask the question, “Have you ever used the term ‘the white community’ to reference observed patterns of behavior among whites?” Why do you think this line of thinking is acceptable in 2013 when talking about black people?

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10215724 Raj Bhatt

            White people are distinguished by the country of their origin, as are other groups (Irish-American, Italian American). For example, I am Indian American.

            I certainly wasn’t trying to be racist, but was just pointing out that some African Americans seem to have been brainwashed by the right wing (historically white) extremists that forget their past and decide to abuse other minority groups.

      • Fake

        Are you saying Blacks are a minority?

        • Ellen N

           Are you saying they aren’t?

          • Nothanks

            louis ck says it best.

            • Ayeronin

               Sociology 101: Minority means more than just population of X vs. pop of Y, it has to do with political efficacy, monetary influence, cultural influence, all kinds of things.

            • Charles

              Okay, I love louis and that joke was funny, but it was logically wrong. The accumulative number of hispanics, blacks, and other minorities outnumbers caucasian ‘s but there are still more white people than any other single ethnic group in the united states.

        • Dr. Jimmy Rustler

          Yes. They are a minority in America and globally (though such a term is not used for worldwide populations).

          Or are you getting at something?

      • importanttoilet

        So…both of you have used the fact that he is black against him, which if he was white you wouldn’t have brought up.  Not exactly civil rights activists yourselves here

        • TheBlackCat

           There is nothing wrong with pointing out hypocrisy.  People are disillusioned that someone who knows what it is like to be discriminated against is doing discrimination.  How is that against civil rights?  The only one opposing civil rights here is Amons.

          • importanttoilet

            First, this is not an actual observation.  Minorities do not turn around and oppress; or at least, that is not what is observed.  Since race is understood as a social construct (blah blah), to apply the category of minority to someone and link that fact to their actions without the two being causally related is absurd.  Its not a simple observation.  Its a lens that hasn’t gotten rid of its tint.  These posters see minorities rather than individuals.  And that is putting it politely

            • felliott

              You have a point.  There’s no difference between a white Baptist redneck and a black one.

      • Stev84

        You can often see similar behavior after civil wars when a marginalized group gains power. They quickly turn around and use some of the same methods as their former oppressors.

      • http://twitter.com/MoMoVonBlack Mo Cashionista™

        Gigantic leap in logic. If you’re going to make such blanket statements, cite examples of how blacks are collectively oppressing others. This looks, to me, like the actions of one stupid man. Now we’re all supposed to be oppressors because he’s homophobic? smh… Nice how this incident is exposing your racism.

        • Tak

          I think you may be overreacting to something that just isn’t racist. It is relevant to point out that this guy IS a minority and he’s discriminating against another, even more (at this time in history) oppressed minority.

          I assume when you say “Now we’re all supposed to be oppressors because he’s homophobic?” that by ‘we’ you mean African Americans. NO ONE in this thread has even implied that ‘all’ African Americans are oppressors so I don’t see where you are getting this idea.

    • David Pratt

      You used the wrong spelling of “principal”. This guy obviously has no “principles”.

    • Shontaemoeller

      My entire race is responsible for one man actions? Why try to divide people for solutions. Now instead of my attention being directed at the obvious wrong this “black man” rendered to this “gay” black man I am now commenting on your racist post. Let’s try to work together.

      • TheBlackCat

         Where did anyone even hint at that? 

      • judyt00

        well, I’ve been told that MY entire race is responsible for slavery. so now you know how it feels, I guess

    • Guest

       Seems it’s human nature, unfortunately. You still get the same mentality amongst the “lowest of the low” minorities. Kinda makes you wonder if it’s a self fulfilling prophecy, oppression.

    • http://twitter.com/MoMoVonBlack Mo Cashionista™

      First of all, African Americans haven’t gained true equality. Yet. Secondly, why do people always assume that Blacks think and feel en masse? Are whites the only group afforded the right to individuality of thought and political beliefs? Must we all be burdened with the actions of a few coloring (pardon the pun) the perspective of how ‘all’ black people see the world??? And on a specific note: When have you ever used the term ‘the white community?’ Never, I bet. For the record, I’m an Atheist African American Woman. So, please save your outrage for the individuals involved and spare me the being lumped in with fools and charlatans. This was wrong of the principal. And he should lose his job. But this isn’t about black people being oppressors. Only an idiot would think that.

      • Tak

        But this isn’t about black people being oppressors. Only an idiot would think that.

        Judging from your complete inability to grasp the point that a minority discriminating against another minority and treating that even more minor minority in a manner which he would NEVER tolerate himself is despicable, I have to conclude that you’re an idiot. No one is claiming that this guy represents the entire black community. In this case however, a black man IS the oppressor and he should KNOW BETTER.

  • Zhuarg

    Feel free to contact Dr. Timothy B. Chargois, the superintendent of the Beaumont Independent School District.  He’s very big into data driven practices.  We can ask him what drove this practice.

    http://www.bmtisd.com/superintendent/

    • Eric C.

      If someone can come up with his e-mail address, (I searched for all of 3 minutes and didn’t find it) it would be very easy to let him know how unacceptable the practices of the principal are. IN A POLITE AND NON-THREATENING MANNER.

      • Si

        tamons@beaumont.k12.tx.us there you are my man. 

        • http://twitter.com/CodyleeRiedmann Codylee Riedmann

          Poor man doesn’t know how bad he poked the bear

        • Anonymous Atheist

          That’s the principal’s email. This is the superintendent: tchargo@beaumont.k12.tx.us

    • Guest

      Remember that the new superintendent is…well, new. The old, awful, Carrol Thomas retired August 31 of this year.

    • Anonymous Atheist

      I don’t see any way to contact the superintendent provided on that page. But I found his email address elsewhere: tchargo@beaumont.k12.tx.us

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BUSYAWMRBZOVHLEA566TYPDBKM D

    Speaking of sucky websites…

  • Lol


    That anyone would be surprised at a (possibly) gay student enrolling in a Cosmetology class…”

    Good job, liberals. Defending gay freedoms and mocking us in the same article.

    Hypocritical fuck.

  • nosiridontlikeit

    “That a principal could get away with this sort of bigotry without losing his job.”

    You’re joking, right? Or are you truly that blind? Christian extremism is rampant, and there is very little they won’t do.

    Plus… Texas. Pull your head out.

  • Cranky

    Because God knows what might happen if a gay person were ever to enter any of the related cosmetology fields!

    I smell a dash of self-righteousness and a whole lotta self-loathing wafting off Principal Amons.

  • TigTow

    lol you have got to be kidding, seriously.
    Real-Privacy.tk

  • http://antgly.tumblr.com Anthony Glyadchenko

    The principal obviously doesn’t think things through in his life.

  • GUNNER149

    WOOOO!!! FUCK YEAH RELIGION!!!!!!

  • excaliburbemystrength

    god is an asshole

  • http://twitter.com/JerkfaceMcGee Jerkface McGee

    Websites look that bad because they’re designed by High School students, typically as part of a hobby, if not an extracurricular, in simple HTML. The district site either uses a CMS or custom coding and as such looks better than that heap of junk.

    Still, I don’t agree with the barring of students on discriminatory grounds; I don’t see how anyone should.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BB2F6VMATUEHIE67ZNWSB2TJC4 D

    It’s a cosmetology class for christ’s sake – what exactly did he expect? 

  • Rufus

    America. Land of the free. 

  • Pete Tete

    Principal Thomas Amons must be gay.  It is always the one who is most against homosexuality who ends up being gay.

  • vegeta

    My thoughts when I read the headline “dont be TN… dont be TN… dont be TN”  Made it down to the “Texas” part. WOO HOO… NOT TN! =D

  • Qw

    Spoiler Alert: Principal Thomas Amons is gay and ashamed of his own homosexuality.

    • Brandon Abell

       Duh.

  • Mipz
    • Anonymous Atheist

      777 signatures so far, in about 2 days! From Texas, nationwide, and worldwide! I see people from AR,AZ, CA,CO,CT, DE, FL, GA, IA,IL,IN, KS,KY, LA, MA,MD,MI,MN,MO, NC,NJ,NM,NV,NY, OH,OK,OR, PA, SC, TN,TX, UT, VA, & WA (34 states so far); and Canada, UK, Ireland, Sweden, Belgium, Malaysia, Kuwait (guessing this is a military person), Australia, & New Zealand.

  • Anonymous

    Justin Bieber has long hair for a boy. I suspect that he’s a girl.

    • Athox

      I can give you 13 more convincing reasons than his hair.

  • Miles

    Not all black people are like this. So calm down and please don’t post any racist comments. thank you!

  • Atheisticallyyours

    Would someone please, for the LACK OF A GOD, please tell me what the hell a “gay” look is? As near as I can tell, this STUDENT looks like a HUMAN BEING! 

    • hang3xc

       Really? MANY gay people LOOK gay. The way they stand, walk, talk, carry themselves, & act, ALL give easy clues. Granted, many gays don’t look the part at all, but the feminine ones surely do. Don’t know why they can’t take a class if they want to though

      • Athox

        Yeah, not all gay people act gay, but if you act gay, you’re pretty gay.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rafael-Alves/100000190636087 Rafael Alves

    What the  hell are you people talking here? Education is suposed to be for everyone, the mentally challanged, non-christians atheists and agnostics, many sexual orientations and sexes too…so on, so on. How is EVEN looking something he probably may be not doesn’t qualify him for propper cognitive and intelectual development? Humans deserve to be treated with respect and dignity and no one, no matter how conservative they can be, has the right to say otherwise. Sorry guys, life IS sacred…humans lifes too.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CWRUEB2Q47SCRWFZXC6SF3NTAU utahrunner

    Fucking religious fucks

    • Athox

      Fucking what the fucking fuck… who the fuck fucked this fucking… how did you fucking fucks… FUCK!

  • Lws Jazz

    That’s Texas.

    • johnsawyer

      But it’s also in Texas, there locally where this happened, where significant opposition is openly taking place.  Most states aren’t really “red” or “blue”, but some inbetween shade of purple.

  • http://markjaquith.com/ Mark Jaquith

    Maybe if Kwamane tries to attend the principal’s church, he’ll shut that down, too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Richard-Williams/100002337875643 James Richard Williams

    WOW ALL YOU PEOPLE BRINGING THE RACE CARD INTO THIS! BOTH THE PRINCIPAL AND STUDENT ARE BLACK! this is all about a baptist being a bigot towards gays. real simple.

  • Anonymous Atheist

    The petition has over 1000 signatures now! http://www.change.org/petitions/bisd-superintendent-release-documentation

    Yesterday I posted a comment with all the locations I’d seen signatures from so far:

    ” From Texas, nationwide, and worldwide! I see people from AR,AZ, CA,CO,CT, DE, FL, GA, IA,IL,IN, KS,KY, LA, MA,MD,MI,MN,MO, NC,NJ,NM,NV,NY, OH,OK,OR, PA, SC, TN,TX, UT, VA, & WA (34 states so far); and Canada, UK, Ireland, Sweden, Belgium, Malaysia, Kuwait (guessing this is a military person), Australia, & New Zealand. ”

    Now we can add WV (35th state), and India.

    Amy J posted an update on the petition page about their protest yesterday:

    ” We held our first protest in front of the BISD administration building and throughout the protest, around 40 people came and went to show their support! Not so shabby for throwing it together in a day or so, right? It’s been a day of lots of whispered rumors and speculation about whether or not BISD has the proof we’re asking for, but we’re optimistic by a comment released in a story from our local news station, KBMT. They reported tonight that BISD “says it had nothing to do with the cancellation of the program, and that it was Mr. Amons’ decision.” It seems to some of us who are following the story at the local level that this might be BISD’s way of distancing themselves from Mr. Amons’ decision to cancel the program. If so, is that because they realize that they’re potentially facing the biggest legal battle that they’ve ever seen and Mr. Amons failure to properly end the program will surely point to a major civil rights violation that the school district will be responsible for? “

  • http://twitter.com/athience Athience Magazine

    I think the best idea is for this student to sequentially enrol in every class in the school.
    That’ll fix the problem before too long.
    I’d like to watch this principal close his own school down one class at a time.
    Wouldn’t that be fun?!

  • http://twitter.com/athience Athience Magazine

    I think the best idea is for this student to sequentially enrol in every class in the school.
    That’ll fix the problem before too long.
    I’d like to watch this principal close his own school down one class at a time.
    Wouldn’t that be fun?!

  • Hollister

    What comes around goes around.  He is on a power trip that I bet will fall…There are too many people effect by this and they do not even fall under his sterotype…Geez..   There are so many serious issues out in the world than to make yourself look like an overpowered, self center homophob.  And the poor kid…I was hoping that he was not gay just so he would not have been outed with no concent…Sad Dayssss

  • http://twitter.com/laibacute laibacute

    hahahah.. this is crazy but i respect all the people with their sex. i suggest that their should be another community for gay type persons

    • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

      Do you also suggest that there should be separate communities for people with different colors of skin? Segregated communities for black people, for brown people, for white people?  How about separate communities for Jews?, Catholics? Protestants? Muslims? Hindus? Atheists? etc, etc, Then there’s right and left-handers.  Tall, short, heavy, thin, old, young, so many ways to separate people.

      Maybe all the combinations of all those things should be segregated too. So the brown skinned, gay, Jewish, left-handers will have to live separately from the brown skinned, gay, Jewish right-handers, and all the other possible combinations. Eventually, everyone would be living alone.

      Or maybe respecting people really means not letting these differences be important at all, and living together with simple decency, dignity, compassion, and equality.

  • Fghjejejetjyu

     Good job principal, i would of fired her ass too, she can stand for what she believes in but he can’t. Insubordination got you fired and you deserve it, you shouldn’t refuse to do what your boss says and lost your job for it rightfully. If anything the kid should of been kicked out of class and then he could possibly sue but i guess the teacher wanted it for herself.

    • http://twitter.com/Jebuz_Mutation Joel

       Fuck off, troll.

  • Ian Reide

    I am being too flippant, but I cannot but laugh when I read about a gay guy enrolling in a beauty course. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/thepainterofpancakes Dan Lacey

    Love the retro site with the flaming letters and spinning email!

  • Sean

    This was alluding to in at least one of the comments, but it’s worth noting that Ms. Clark, the teacher, is herself a church pastor according to the linked Examiner article.

    While not necessarily because of her faith, her actions are at least implicitly in accord with her faith. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/1000grams Pat Johnson

    The kid doesn’t even look “gay”????

  • Paige A

    Beaumont, TX is the town Footloose was loosly based on, so this makes better sense that the man is a nut job.

  • Bonestar

    I recommend starting a petition on change.org. That site has made mind boggling changes simply by letting the people decide. Its a great way to get the word out also.

  • http://www.facebook.com/paula.m.smolik Paula M Smolik

    Cequada? Damn, that’s laughable. Making a joke out of yourself.

  • LOVE EVERYONE

    I am speechless. This day and age, machines are so smart yet there are some really ignorant people. Its really sad, such a disgrace to humanity that people are singled out, treated with hate and so many just watch and do nothing. I hope we as a race, human race, can one day move on, TOGETHER in unity.

  • LOVE EVERYONE

    Hey DEACON AMONS – Where there is no love, there is no God. What a Christ like thing to do, single out a person and hinder their education, make them doubt their self importance and feel rejected. WAY TO GO SHOWING A GOOD EXAMPLE FOR THE LORD!!!! Seperate people because of DIFFERENCES?? mmmmm messed up!

  • DesertSun59

    This is quite amusing. Anyone who doesn’t know any gay people who cut hair raise their hand.

  • Sondra London

    In the photos with the story, the student looks less like “a gay person” and more like Principal Amons Himself. There is a psychological mechanism at work here. I suspect Amons of knowing full well there’s a little queerness going on inside him, and when he sees this kid looking like his ownself, the emotional wave that hits him is one of SELF-LOATHING.

  • mavrick

    Wow , is this first time you been in Cosmetology school ?? And you only saw one gay person in the class or school then I would say your very fortunate because they are in plain view. Now , you cant push your religious believes on other people and i feel as though you making the school liable for your backwards ideology


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