Arkansas School District Official Defends Decision To Pull Gay Student's Yearbook Profile

Facing pressure from the Human Rights Campaign and, well, her legacy, Sheridan School District (Arkansas) Superintendent Brenda Haynes has defended the decision to censor a gay student in a high school yearbook profile.

“We must make decisions that lead in the proper direction for all of our students and for our community," Haynes said in a statement released Tuesday. "We must not make decisions based on demands by any special interest group. The seven profiles will not be published in the yearbook...It is clear that the adults who have the responsibility for the operation of the district have the obligation to make decisions which are consistent with the mission of our school. We have done so."

Also on Tuesday, HRC President and son of Arkansas Chad Griffin lead a rally at the state capitol in Little Rock. With Taylor Ellis, the victim of the school district's bigotry in the audience, Griffin called the censorship "unconscionable."

A local news report of the rally is below.

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