A Christian high school student has been punished by his school this week for saying he believes “being a homosexual is wrong.”
Fort Worth 14-year-old Dakota Ary was sent to the principal’s office, then spent most of the day serving an in-school suspension at Western Hills High School.
During a discussion in his German class, “we were talking about religions in Germany. I said, ‘I’m a Christian. I think being a homosexual is wrong,’” Ary told Lari Barager of KDFW News. “It wasn’t directed to anyone except my friend who was sitting behind me. I guess [the teacher] heard me. He started yelling. He told me he was going to write me an infraction and send me to the office.”
An assistant principal called Ary’s mother at work.
“At first I was in disbelief. My son is on the honor roll with great grades. I don’t have any problems out of him,” Holly Pope said.
After hearing her son’s explanation of what happened, the assistant principal reduced the in-school suspension from two days to one. However, the boy’s mother was not satisfied with that. “He was stating an opinion. He has a right to do that. They punished him for it,” she said.
Attorney Matt Krause joined Ary and his mom for a meeting with the principal the next. They asked for the blemish to be taken off his record as well as assurances there would be no retaliation.
“Students don’t lose their first amendment rights just because they go in the schoolhouse door,” Krause said.
Holly told KDFW that she had faith the school would do the right thing.