A high school student from the U.S. who said she is gay has been removed from her middle school English class for being a “silly, silly person” who would “not be able to take the class” if it were “not so serious.”
The student, who requested anonymity, said she was “taken off the class on a whim” when a male classmate, who had been teaching her about the Bible, told her “no more reading.”
The unnamed student said the male classmate also told her to go home, that she was going to be expelled, and that she could leave the school at any time.
The female classmate was then told to come back and the male student, a male teacher, “told her to shut up and take the test again,” the student told The Washington Post on Thursday.
The student was then taken off the classroom and transferred to another one.
The female student was given a “no contact” order and was told not to speak to anyone.
“I think the class was being taught about the Gospel,” the female student said.
“That was the first thing I heard, that they would not be able go on to the next lesson if they weren’t willing to read and learn the Bible.”
“When they were taking my test, I was still in class and I thought, ‘Oh, God, I’m going to have to study it all again.'”
The student said she did not feel safe returning to the class because she has a long history of depression and anxiety and had “lost all of her friends,” including her mother, who she said is “very conservative.”
“I have been struggling with suicidal thoughts and feelings, and I don’t think I would be able take this class again if I was not able to read,” the unidentified student said, describing her feelings.
“If you can’t do something, do something else.”
In addition to the gender-based slurs, the student said a male student in the classroom told her that “if you’re a gay person, you have to become straight or die.”
The girl said the classroom discussion was not about religion or the Bible.
“The whole time I was watching him, I just felt this fear, this guilt and the pain and just felt so angry,” she said.
The school said the student’s mother, the teacher, and the student all attended the meeting but did not speak to the student or discuss her complaint.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.