May 1, 2008Yeah Janis!
Mr. Dan Ward, Superintendent
Memphis City Schools
2597 Avery Avenue
Memphis, TN 38112
Dear Superintendent Ward:
The news reports regarding the principal at Hollis F. Price School who identified the names of couples, including those whose sexual orientation was previously hidden, are very distressing. I am appalled by the behavior of this adult whose thoughtless actions should not be condoned. A school policy should be immediately crafted to prevent this type of insensitive activity from recurring.
As we are all aware, many adults must endure the harsh realities of society’s prejudice and bigotry. It pains me greatly to know that our young people, particularly those who are in the midst of self discovery, or grappling with sexual orientation issues, have had to endure public humiliation and the prospect of learning far too early how intolerant we can be of others. I trust that those couples who feel as though their privacy was violated can find some professional support in dealing with this tragic incident. Further, I hope that the principal fully understands the reprehensible nature of her actions and practices more compassion and sensitivity in the future.
Memphis City Council
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Friday Hollis F. Price article in the Commerical Appeal
I didn't see the article until this afternoon. Not much new. It mentions a letter from City Councilwoman Janis Fullilove which I have a full copy of: