It seems that a high school senior at West Linn, Brandon Flyte, produced a film for a class project that caused the school administration to expel him. The film contained no nudity and nothing inappropriate, but was about two gay students. School officials had requested that Brandon edit out a scene of two shirtless boys in a bed.
Earlier today, after massive protests on the net, he was allowed back in school.
First, the original story - in his own words - from BrandonFlyte.com
I aired Brokeback High (the video project I was required to make in Ms. Houck’s English 12) to my Marine Biology class on a Friday. The following Monday morning, I was called into a conference with the three vice-principals of West Linn High School. Now before I showed Brokeback High to my English class, I was required by the administration to edit out a scene of the two lead male characters snuggling together shirtless in bed. When I showed my Marine Biology class the film, the snuggle scene --which I might add was very tastefully done-- was left in. Apparently the administration thought that this was a big enough violation to warrant an expulsion. Only, it’s not being called an expulsion. It’s basically a ‘mandatory transfer’ to the local community college. I have no choice in it.
One has to wonder if any of this would've happened had the two characters snuggling in my film been male and female. We're led to believe that diversity is encouraged in schools, but when a 17 year-old straight kid makes a serious gay love story and is expelled for it, it just begs the question of exactly what kind of policy was the administration following?
Earlier today, this:
The school has agreed to allow me back in and graduate with my classmates this Spring, provided that I have the credits I need and that my attendance is solid. I appreciate all the support I've recieved from everyone. If we can continue showing this kind of support and unity, equality will win it in the end.
original story was posted at Towleroad. You can view a clip of the film - and read more - over at GayRightsWatch.com. You can sign the petition to support Brandon at BrandonFlyte.com or visit the support site Free Flyte on MySpace.