Southern college student forced to disclose his sexuality

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was brought to our attention by the parent of the mentioned student at Southern Middle School, in the hopes that her story might draw attention to some of the issues she faced when she dealt with school administrators. If you know someone in crisis, refer them to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You can call them at 1-800-273-8255 or text HELLO to 741741, which is the crisis text line. Both services are free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All calls are confidential.

LUSBY, Md. – After a student recently reported bullying, Calvert County Southern Middle School allegedly pressured a girl into disclosing her sexuality in front of several others, leading her to attempt suicide.

Simone Smith, the student’s mother, told that the story began with a kid who everyone at school knows is a bully. Smith’s daughter and her friend, along with the reported bully, came to the office to explain the details of a specific incident.

However, when they got there, Smith’s daughter was asked why she was bothered by the bully. Her mother had hoped the school would have asked the bully why they were calling her daughter an **** and af *****.

“She kept asking my daughter why are you so offended until she had to say it,” Smith said.

His daughter is both black and gay. But Smith didn’t believe it was the school’s business.

“My daughter didn’t want to say it. She didn’t want to go out. She didn’t want the school to know about it and she didn’t want her friends to know about it,” Smith said.

After the incident, her mother said her daughter did not want to go to school and fell into depression. Her daughter would hide in the bathroom and cry until she found her way home. Then she attempted to kill herself by overdosing on pills.

The school later tried to apologize, but didn’t accept it because the vice principal forced the disclosure in front of many people, Smith said. Smith accepted an apology from the manager, who she said understood the situation.

Southern Middle School and the Calvert County Board of Education declined to comment after contacted several times.

Smith is seeking expert medical help for her daughter and legal assistance.

She can be reached at 870-278-4860.

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Martha K. Merrill