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Same sex couples struggle with acceptance at school

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- At Scott High School, there are openly gay people who walk the halls, and their situation is not easy. Nearly everyone has an opinion on whether or not it is OK to be gay, and so some people will speak out for and support gay people, while others will look down on homosexuals and mistreat them.

The issue is not whether being gay is a choice, whether it is genetic or even if people are driven to it. In all truth, these are regular people who are mistreated each and every day just because other people feel uncomfortable with the way they are.

Last semester, Scott High School had its Fall Ball, and it was a big hit. Everyone had a good time -- including the same sex couples. Even so, a few of them noticed tension from some of the people around them.

"People gave us weird looks while we were dancing. It was uncomfortable at first," said one female about her Fall Ball experience with another girl.

During school hours, all student couples are allowed to hold hands only, with the exception of a brief hug. Even with these boundaries on public displays of affection, people find ways to express their opinions. Rainbow bracelets and other merchandise proudly sweep the hallways and Facebook walls of Scott High's students. This stands for pride amongst the gay portion of the student body.

Not everyone is accepting of their homosexual peers, though. Recently at Scott, there was an incident involving gay bashing during a class discussion. It started in a science class when a student asked the teacher, "Is there a gay gene?" While the instructor's attention was elsewhere, some students continued the conversation, publicly voicing their hateful opinions to their classmates.

A 15-year-old gay teen was in the class. "They were saying things that made me feel uncomfortable, and I kind of felt threatened. They said homosexuality should be illegal and that all homosexuals should be deported."

One anonymous victim of the hurtful comments and harsh opinions of those who put down homosexuality said, "I admitted to being bisexual four years ago and have been picked on ever since. Many people fall victim to bullying and some take their own lives. Being gay isn't a choice, but being a better person is."


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