Target: Superintendent Brian Binggeli, Brevard Public School District
Goal: Allow gay student to graduate after being suspended for participating in legal pornography
A gay high school student was recently prevented from graduating from Cocoa High School in Brevard County, Florida, after school officials found out he had starred in a pornographic film. The 18 year old, known as “Noel,” was suspended for 10 days, long enough to fail every class automatically due to absence.
Cocoa’s administration became aware of the situation when students began bullying the high school senior. The school’s principal then located a gay pornography video starring Noel. Instead of offering guidance, punishing the bullies, and defending the teenager, they suspended him for ten days for causing a “campus disturbance.”
The video in question was created off campus, legally, and was between consenting adults- Noel was 18 at the time of production. He made no effort in informing any classmates of its existence, rather, a family friend claims that the video was uncovered by a classmate who quickly spread it.
The suspension effectively prevented the teen’s graduation due to automatic failure of a class after ten absences. Noel will need to return to high school next year to complete all required credits, and will not be able to attend graduation with his classmates.
Students protested the suspension by wearing support t-shirts and staging a walkout from classes. The principal then announced that anyone showing support for the student would be expelled automatically. Some students have already been reprimanded for displaying their solidarity.
Cocoa High School is a public school running off public and state funding. Demand that “Noel” be excused from automatic failure due to absences, and that he is allowed to catch up on homework and be tested for graduation with his classmates. Additionally, demand that any student suspended or expelled for their support be immediately readmitted.
Dear Superintendent Brian Binggeli, Brevard Public School District,
A senior was recently suspended from Cocoa High School for his participation in a pornographic film. After being bullied by students, administrators learned that the 18 year old had participated in gay pornography available online. Rather than punishing the bullies, the student was suspended for ten days.
The suspension will result in automatic failure due to absence and will leave the student unable to graduate with his classmates. The video, made off campus, legally, during the student’s private time, is no business of the public school district. I demand that the student be allowed to catch up on any missed work and be tested for graduation alongside his peers.
[Your Name Here]
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