KELLER (CBS11) – The Keller Independent School District is backing away from the hot button issue of adding LGBT to the list of group specifically protected against discrimination in its codes. Just a few hours before the meeting, the district canceled a planned vote on adopting the policy turning people away from district headquarters carrying signs, bibles and gay pride flags.
The district superintendent, Randy Reid, declined to go on camera but sent a statement about postponing the vote saying.
“The issue has become extremely polarizing, with the great potential of creating feelings of winners and losers.”
“We intend to create a forum for the conversation that can truly lead to solutions regarding any potential harassment.”
Casey Akers is the sixteen year old who sparked the debate over LGBT protections after she wasn’t allowed to publicly ask her girlfriend to prom during school hours.
“I’m very surprised,” Akers said. “I thought it was going on tonight. I was ready, I was excited and now I’m going to have to wait even longer.
A trip to a nearby salon illustrates when it comes to LGBT protections in schools in Keller shows there is no middle ground.
The issue cuts across moral beliefs.
“Yeah, moral issues,” said Jim Bowen as he got his hair cut. “I’m against it. I’m a Christian. I’m always going to be against it. And people need to make a stand.”
And LGBT protections put Keller in the middle of a heated gay rights debate.
“We’re making sure we cleaned up everything we said at home,” said Susan Patrick as she waited for her twelve year old daughter to have her hair cut. “That kind of bullying would not be allowed in my home. That kind of talk or jokes. And so yes I definitely think it’s time.”
Jennifer Burton, a stylist and parent of two said, “If if passes it will, in my eyes, totally change a lot as to whether or not my kids will be attending Keller.”
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