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A student strikes back.

A former high school student in Visalia, Calif., who says he was removed from his school after being tormented by his Spanish teacher and fellow students because of his sexual orientation, filed a federal lawsuit against the school district January 24. Among the many indignities the 19-year-old George Loomis said he faced in school: a teacher who looked at him and said, "Only two kinds of men wear earrings, pirates and faggots, and there isn't any water around here."

The suit, which was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of Loomis and the Gay-Straight Alliance Network, a statewide organization in California, asks for an undisclosed monetary amount and for the school district to provide sensitivity training on eliminating homophobia in its school district.

"My life will always be different now," Loomis said. "[The school district] took all I ever wanted away from me."
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Author:MacIntosh, Sabrina
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U9CA
Date:Feb 27, 2001
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