LEHI, Utah – Officials at a Utah school district say they told a 14-year-old student’s parents he is gay for safety reasons.
Rhonda Bromley of the Alpine School District tells KTVX-TV that the boy didn’t want his parents to know. But fears that he would be bullied led administrators at Willowcreek Middle School in Lehi to out him.
Since his outing, more than 400 people have posted messages of support on Facebook saying that someone should not be forced into disclosing his sexuality and that the school is discriminating.
School officials insist they did the right thing. Bromley says there were no threats, but if the boy was hurt by a bully there could be serious ramifications for the district.
Bromley says the boy’s parents were supportive when they got the news.