MCS leaders say "heads should roll" over outing of gay students - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Jason Miles

MCS leaders say "heads should roll" over outing of gay students

In a story from five years ago, principal Daphne Beasley compared her students to diamonds.

"And they just need to be polished a little bit," she said.

She's now accused of publicly humiliating them.

"It's very hard to understand what was going on in the mind of this principal," said Hedy Weinberg, Executive Director of the ACLU of Tennessee.

As Action News 5 was one of the first to report, the ACLU is taking aim after Beasley compiled a "list of couples, including homo couples."

Among the students on the list were two boys who had just started dating.  The mother of one of them claims Beasley told her she didn't like gay people and would not tolerate them at Hollis F. Price Middle High, located on the campus of LeMoyne-Owen College.

"It's unacceptable behavior to out students to their families, their classmates, and their teachers," said Weinberg.

We spoke with several Memphis school board members who did not want to do on-camera interviews on a potential legal matter.  However, that doesn't mean they're not talking.  In fact, more than one told us they're outraged and believe "heads should roll."

That could mean Ms. Beasley and possibly others.

Our attempts to reach Beasley at work and at home were not successful.

We spoke with one of the two students who was "outed."  He told us Ms. Beasley basically ruined his life.  Meantime, the school district has until next Friday to meet a number of demands.  Those include compensation and an apology.


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