Christian Brothers High School, an all-boys Catholic prep school in Memphis, Tennessee, has denied a student’s request to bring another boy with him to the school’s Homecoming dance.
“This Saturday is our homecoming, but I’m being told by my school that I may not be able to bring a date that I choose–simply because he is a guy,” writes Lance Sanderson in a Change.org petition he started.
Sanderson received permission last year to bring another boy to the dance but the administrator who had signed off on the decision has since left.
“When that school official left over the summer, I was met with harsh opposition by my school,” Sanderson writers. “One administrator told me that even though some people interpreted Pope Francis’s teachings on the issue as meaning they should support same-sex couples, these people are, ’not the authority to which Christian Brothers High School is accountable.'”
According to the school’s policy: “CBHS students may attend the dance by themselves, with other CBHS students, or with a girl from another school. For logistical reasons, boys from other schools may not attend.”
Sanderson, however, claims that the policy against bringing boys from other schools was created in response to his earlier request. He notes that the school is making daily announcements to the student body saying that students can’t bring same-sex dates from other schools.
“I am a CBHS alum and I’m disgusted at the response by the school,” writes Brian Barrach. “One simple question, what would the Pope say? Shame on you CBHS!”
Sanderson’s Change.org petition needs 5,000 signatures. So far he has 3,202 supporters.
Thankyou to everyone for your continued support! I appreciate all of the positive remarks and sharing!
— Lance Sanderson (@TheLanceLuther) September 24, 2015
Let’s rally together and help this boy out.
“I just want to bring a date of my choice to homecoming like the rest of my friends and classmates,” Sanderson says. “I’m not asking for special treatment. I’m just asking for respect, and the chance to make my last homecoming a truly memorable experience.”