Ohio County High School Student Fights for Gay Straight Alliance

By: Forrest Sanders Email
By: Forrest Sanders Email

18 year old avid photographer Clyde Calloway is the president of the school choir and a member of the drama club and Kentucky School of the Arts.

The most recent organization he's joined is the Gay Straight Alliance.

"A lot of people have joined," Clyde explains. "At first, I was skeptical of what people might think. Now, you see how many people are in there. I feel more open than before."

"Kids need to be taught tolerance to other people, whether it be sexual orientation or color or nationality," says Clyde's mother, Deborah Calloway. "It has to be now."

The group has been at Ohio County High for weeks, but only recently did the majority of the student body find out about its existence.

Clyde says that GSA placed a bulletin board in a school hallway meant for poetry and artwork, but he says threats were posted instead.

"There was a threat made that at the next meeting, a gun would be brought," says Deborah.

"When we put it up, we kinda knew some people would like it, some people wouldn't," adds Clyde. "We put that into consideration, so we were pretty calm about it."

"The principal of the high school made a statement to my son that perhaps this school isn't ready for this yet," Deborah recalls.

But according to Clyde, closing this organization isn't an option.

"If it's one thing I've learned in life, it's don't let people get you down about stuff. Be strong and if it's something you really believe in, keep behind it until the end," says Clyde.

"I raised him not to judge other people and he's just carrying that on," Deborah concludes. "I'm very proud of him," Deborah concludes.

School officials at Ohio County High have declined to comment on the Gay Straight Alliance.

Clyde adds that the organization has grown to 50 members since it began several weeks ago.

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