Haywood principal resigns after allegedly anti-gay comments - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

School principal resigns after allegedly anti-gay comments

(WMC-TV) - Haywood High School principal Dorothy Bond resigned Thursday after allegations she made derogatory comments about gay students.

"It appears from what has been alleged that she singled out gay students in particular, and that reveals some of her personal bias," said Jonathan Cole with the Tennessee Equality Project.

Bond allegedly made the comments during a February 9 school assembly.

In a release from the American Civil Liberties Union, Bond's remarks included saying gay students were "not on God's path."

She also allegedly threatened to expel students caught showing affection for someone of the same sex.

"It creates a hostile environment for lesbian and gay students attending her school and we have concerns about that in terms of safety of the students and academic achievement," Cole adds.

It was eerily quiet outside Haywood High on Thursday as students began to hear of Bond's resignation.

Action News Five received emails from some students saying the situation has been blown way out of proportion.

"Usually when it's a baseless rumor, these things disappear but we've continued to hear about it," Cole said.

The ACLU also received reports that Bond told students that "life is over" for girls who became pregnant.

Dorothy Bond did not comment on these allegations.

Dr. Jerry Pyron has been named interim principal at Haywood High School.

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