Thank you to my friend and LGBT ally, Jennifer Carey for inspiring me to write this story. Can you imagine being suspended from high school for wearing a shirt that basically says Jesus was not a hater? Well, such was the case in Ohio. Yes, the state that produced such homophobic, misogynistic bigots like John Boehner. Maverick Couch, 16-year-old junior at Waynesville High School was told by his principal (not a principal that should be in any school) that if Couch continued to wear the shirt he would face suspension.
Fortunately, on May 21, U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett ordered school officials to allow Maverick to wear the T-shirt to school whenever he chooses. He also ordered the school district to pay $20,000 in damages and court costs to the teen. Principal Randy Gebhardt cost the school district money and showed poor leadership with no integrity.