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Tennessee high school principal: Gay students are ‘going to hell’

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Update: Principal resigns.
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BROWNSVILLE, Tenn. — A high school principal in Tennessee school reportedly told students during an assembly that gay students were going to hell.

Dorothy Bond

Dorothy Bond, principal at Haywood High School in Brownsville, Tenn., allegedly singled out LGBT and pregnant students during a meeting with students, reported WPTY-TV in Memphis.

“At first she was talking about PDA and she turned around and she directly pointed to the gay people and said: if you’re gay you’re going to hell and if you’re pregnant, your life is over,” according to student Amber Whittiemore.

This is not the first time Bond has made inflammatory remarks about gays and lesbians.

According to Tony Snipes, one parent in the district, at another assembly several years ago, Bond “told the young men if they’re sitting between the legs of a girl getting their hair braided for a few hours, that they must be gay.”

Snipes said that Bond’s controversial statements boil down to, “If you’re pregnant or homosexual, you’re not welcome to Haywood County High School.”

Watch a report from WPTY-TV:

No one from the Haywood County School District would talk to WPTY-TV on camera, and insisted the principal was simply informing students about the school’s policy on public displays of affection.

A school district spokesman said allegations of Bond’s comments are unfounded.

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  1. SHE NEEDS FIRED!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 10:50am
  2. WHAT THE HELL????????

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 10:51am
  3. i don’t want to live on this planet anymore.

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 10:52am
  4. LOSER!!! She needs to lose her job pronto!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 10:52am
  5. I certainly hope this bigoted hatemonger gets her ass fired

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 10:52am
  6. When they say that the remarks were unfounded, that’s when students needed to have their camera phones out, recording that.

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 10:52am
  7. It’s her hell, SHE can burn in it… it’s NOT her right to say anything like that!

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 10:53am
  8. Im ashamed to say I used to live there. This is absolutely disgusting.

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 10:53am
  9. firing is not enough, This person needs to be publicly stripped of all their Educational credentials as an example to anyone else that promotes such bigotry. What is wrong with the educators in this country? Do you wonder what they are teaching our children in school?

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 10:54am
  10. FIRE THAT BITCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! shes going too HELL!!!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 10:54am
  11. And this ignorance is what is “educating” our future?? We are screwed, let we remind this lady that one time blacks were useless and dammed as well. What is wrong with these people!

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 10:54am
  12. she’ll be sittin in hell……with them!!!

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 10:54am
  13. Well Dottie, I’m sure you’ll be right there with them. Try not to cozy up to them to closely, it gets hot down there

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 10:54am
  14. She should know better, being from a minority group, to not foster hate & bigotry

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 10:55am
  15. whoever said that is going to hell for judging lgbt ppl. its not their place to judge and if its soooo wrong why did god make us like that?

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 10:55am
  16. I like how an African-American woman said this! Really now? If she was living in the 60s, she won’t like it if a White male principal said “Black people are going to hell”. She better be fired!

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 10:55am
  17. Fire her hateful ass!

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 10:56am
  18. You would think because she’s black, she would know how prejudice hurts, and not do it…. Wrong!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 10:56am
  19. Mrs. Bond is “currently off campus” but feel free to leave her a message at 731-772-1845

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 10:57am
  20. If satan is the one from South Park… Hell? Yes please

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 10:57am
  21. agreed

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 10:58am
  22. I thought you couldn’t “say gay” in TN anymore?

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 10:59am
  23. Kick Dorothy over the rainbow !

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 10:59am
  24. Im going to hell? BUT I BURN EASILY

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 10:59am
  25. Id be delighted! Ill give her a call and hope she answers

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 10:59am
  26. Really? Guess she has a direct line to Satan? Being in her school and listening to her dribble is all the Hell those students should endure, so guess they get a free pass, Dot. May each generation of your family be bombarded by the birth of bouncing baby queers.

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 10:59am
  27. Some who have been discriminated against learn the lesson and are tolerant and accepting of others in a similar plight. Others hunt for someone else to look down on and feel superior to. Apparently this woman falls into the second category.

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:00am
  28. They will meet you in the martini section lady! Funny how the oppressed have become the oppressors. I think it’s time to remind her of what oppression feels like. This woman needs to have her entire education liscense stripped and humiliated and made an example of. Lose all retirement that I imagine (given her age) would be very lifestricken for her. People need to remember who is God and you is not. I wonder what she would say if the KKK showed up and burned a cross in front of her house and spray painted “N***er go to hell!? And believe me the “N” word was hard for me to even say the way I did it. SO just incase I do not support any kind of bigotry of anykind!

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:00am
  29. Well if they are going to Hell?
    She will be there first to
    Open the Gates!

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:01am
  30. And she would view it exactly how if a white teacher addressed her class with “All black people are going to hell!”? Yeah, I thought so. You can’t pray away the gay any more than you can effectively bleach away the black. You is who you is. Be proud. Drop the hate. Save the energy. (And the whales. I’m on a roll.)

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:01am
  31. WTF?! Funny cause its like tellin’ her she’s goin’ 2 hell 4 bein’ black!?! Dumb Bitch!

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:01am
  32. The ignorance of people astounds me…… still. This woman is an educator? Pathetic!

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:01am
  33. Christianity at its best! Passing judgement on humanity :-) kuzz its there job …smsh.. #Gtfoh

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:01am
  34. WTF!???

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:02am
  35. Prejudice comes in all forms of color, size, ugly and beautyl , gender, sexual preference , age ,religions, cultures . Anyone can be a bigot,homophobic and an ass !

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:02am
  36. Exactly how does she know where gay student6s are going??

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:03am
  37. And people wonder WHY so many of our young people are committing suicide? What happened to Teachers, Principals. EDUCATORS getting INVOLVED in these kids lives and making a POSITIVE impact on their lives instead of fueling the very hate, discrimination, and bigotry that sends them over the edge! Hate is a LEARNED behaviour and unfortunately it is being taught in our OWN schools!!!

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:04am
  38. what the hell?

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:04am
  39. Stupid b*tch

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:04am
  40. WTH! Judgmental much? She will answer for that. She should be fired for fostering that kind of intolerant viewpoint. It only leads to hate.

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:05am
  41. First of all, she should have said “going to heck”… Seriously though, what sort of principle says these things? She should be fired.

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:06am
  42. Send her an email and tell her how you feel, but please keep it clean! bondd1@k12tn.net

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:06am
  43. Nice. :/

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:07am
  44. You would think that someone as DARK as her would understand discrimination.

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:07am
  45. Boy she’s a peach. And just as little as 50 yrs ago, people said that blacks were second class citizens. I guess this will take a little more time..

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:08am
  46. Fire her.

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:09am
  47. :(

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:09am
  48. Hell is what you made that school for the LGBT youth. Should be ashamed.

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:09am
  49. BITCH

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:10am
  50. and is she black?? (sigh) just awful…

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:11am
  51. and the dolphins elena

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:12am
  52. boo!!

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:15am
  53. People like this principal make life a living hell for the students.. she needs to go.

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:15am
  54. she needs to b lynched

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:16am
  55. WTF

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:16am
  56. And yet, she is a hogh school principal. No wonder why there are students who are bullied in schools-whether for being a part of the LGBT community or not-have problems talking to the faculty at the schools. When people like her are in charge, who can they turn to?

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:16am
  57. Sigh Ya know I served my Country as a Transgender woman deep in the closet . I fought and shed my blood sweat and tears in Forgien lands so we in America could have the Rights to speak their mind .

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:18am
  58. In my experience with black woman, is that alot of them donot like gays. Esp. gay men. The black community have a hard time dealing with this. Black woman esp. like i said. That’s why alot of black guys are on the down low. I do not condone this. It’s real.

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:18am
  59. But I did not do it so people like this could spread hate . She needs to be removed from her position and prevented from having dealings with any children

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:19am
  60. I agree, Fire Her!!

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:19am
  61. Outrageous. She needs to be fired immediately.

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:19am
  62. That stupid whore needs to stfu and resign.

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:19am
  63. She’s going to he’ll she has the curse of ham in the old testament evil of her

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:20am
  64. Well according to that same bible, she should be a slave! It just burns me up when I see people that are discriminated against discriminating against others!

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:20am
  65. Screw that! Stupid principal!

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:24am
  66. this looks to me she is a woman who goes to church every sunday. is this what they teach in church now. hate, and more hate . thank god im not a church person lol. AND ILOVE EVERYBODY.

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:24am
  67. People who say these types of things make mad. She should read her bible about judging others.

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:25am
  68. Evil principal is going to HELL…….

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:25am
  69. there’s to much bullying in school, without the principal doing it also!!

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:32am
  70. Crazy lady…

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:33am
  71. She should resign or be fired. Not fit to teach and protect our children

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:39am
  72. wow

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:44am
  73. You know at one time. Some people believed that Blacks were not of God. That they were made from the Devil. Because they came from the woods. Jungle.. It’s true..

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:44am
  74. Good thing I don’t believe in hell! LOL

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:44am
  75. It’s true that people at one time believed that. Not that my statement is true…

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:44am
  76. Being part of the LGBTQ youth, community I am outraged by this!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:45am
  77. I think she missed the part about “judge not, lest ye be judged”.

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:46am
  78. Oh yeah…. look within BITCH!!!

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:52am
  79. lemme guess – no action has been taken?

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:53am
  80. One cannot be sent to hell when one already lives there.

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 12:13pm
  81. What a bully she is, and yet we are tryinging to stop bullying. What a crime.

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 12:13pm
  82. this is called spiritual abuse

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 12:29pm
  83. she should have been shot as the words left her mouth. shame on you.

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 12:29pm
  84. O look, a spot just opened up in hell for a high school principle. She might be surprised to find that there are no gay students there. Just a bunch of bigots.

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 12:32pm
  85. Such a lovely thing to hear in the morning… xD

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 12:35pm
  86. Ok, I sent an email and asked directly if she really did as reported. I also shared my opinion of her action should they prove correctly reported.

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 12:38pm
  87. And besides, it’s in the Bible Belt region. No surprises.

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 12:40pm
  88. Correct me if I’m wrong- didn’t TN have that law not to say ‘gay’?

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 12:43pm
  89. Nasty woman.

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 12:46pm
  90. ok well remember that when we say oh well you are a slave again because you are black.

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 1:03pm
  91. With all the people who are going there according to the judgemental evangelical fraction, it’s looking like the preferred place to be. I’m in.

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 1:20pm
  92. If they are living in tennessee they are already in hell!

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 1:23pm
  93. Really. U dont know ur students IDIOT!. U dont say it like that!. Seriously crazy religious people are becoming more nutty than non-religious people. And weird religious people i met in real life….

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 1:35pm
  94. fat asses are going to hell

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 1:35pm
  95. I’ve done enough shit to get me to Hell. She wouldn’t have affected me.

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 1:41pm
  96. Leave your religious nonesense at your church and do your job as a professional. Gee it impresses me how ignorant people can get positions so high.

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 1:44pm
  97. Fire that fucking bitch!

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 1:46pm
  98. youll never pay me enough to live in tenn i guess black women are going to hell too bitch

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 1:49pm
  99. I have another quote…”it’s really not that hot down here” kathy griffin talking about all the other people she hopes to see in hell.

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 1:51pm
  100. That’s not very nice

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 1:54pm
  101. WRONG!! thats all I can say! ok ignorant and wrong!!

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 2:01pm
  102. Hope she gets what’s coming to her -_-

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 2:05pm
  103. And people wonder why teens kill themselves !!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 2:09pm
  104. As much as this woman’s words can outrage and incite violence against the GLBTQ community, I find many of the comments found here by the community just as tragic. How will we bring change by stooping to the same level? Spewing hate and bile, prejudice (calling for this [black] woman to be ‘lynched’… really?), praying for her death… These words will only come back to haunt you in our march toward equality. I am ashamed for this community and its lack of maturity and discipline.

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 2:13pm
  105. Oh Dorothy Bond! What are you doing teaching children? School is not the platform for you to spew your hatred and homophobia. Instead, run for President as a republican, then you’ll be around your kind! Yeah – they’re idiots too!

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 2:15pm
  106. And does she know that only the Hebrews,whom God created 7,000 years ago are going to hell.My people have been on the planet for some centuries before the Jews.

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 2:21pm
  107. surely surely she did not say such a thing !!

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 2:26pm
  108. Well if I die before her and I’m going to go to Hell for being gay, I will make sure the devil has a good spot for her in the hottest area of hell because she’s an ignorant bigot. Lol

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 2:30pm
  109. Need some help with the text of your email to Ms. Bond? Here is mine: Dear Ms. Bond.

    I am writing to express my extreme dismay at the statement that you reportedly made, which suggested that gay children were going to hell simply for being born gay.

    I will not try to persuade you that this is untrue, though I certainly believe that it is. I’m writing to remind you of something I’m sure you already know: Your job as an educator is to be a positive role model and to inspire students to live lives of greatness. It is not your job to persecute them. I’m wondering if you thought for even a second about the possible affects your words could have before you spoke so maliciously to the students who are in your charge.

    I’m certain you are aware that the rates of depression and suicide are at epidemic proportions among LGBT young people. This is not because LGBT youth are evil in the eyes of God. It is because they are perceived as evil in the eyes of homophobes. I pray to God that none of the students you victimized take your callous words to heart, but I certainly hope you will call in school councilors to work with these children and to make sure they have not been traumatized.

    I urge you to look deeply into your heart and find away to make amends to these children. While I accept that in your faith LGBT people are reviled, you must know that some people believe in a God that loves all of his children, and some people don’t believe in God at all. In the school system this should not matter. All of your students deserve to be treated with the same dignity and respect.

    I appreciate your taking the time to read my email. And look forward to learning the steps you plan on taking to rectify this very urgent matter.

    Sincerely,
    Ken O’Neill
    author of THE MARRYING KIND

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 2:52pm
  110. I came to the conclusion today that I’d rather go to hell…all kinds of wonderful, good people are already going apparently. It’ll be a blast!

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 3:11pm
  111. Who the hell does SHE think SHE is???????? Ignorant minded old bat!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 3:14pm
  112. See, you have to have a smart mouth for people like this. When I was told I was going to hell; I said, “If it were real, I would give a fuck.” or “If it means you won’t be there, I’m packing my bags right now, bitch.” LMAO!

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 3:19pm
  113. People with her like mindedness are Gay students Hell! :’<

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 3:20pm
  114. To say any child is going to hell… She should not be allowed to teach, or even be near students… Mad Cow…

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 3:32pm
  115. I… I don’t know what to say. I am literally speechless..

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 3:33pm
  116. Who the frigin hell does she think she is some principle she is fire the bitch.

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 3:41pm
  117. Hope they save a seat for her!

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 3:44pm
  118. I just read over at HRC that she resigned.

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 3:47pm
  119. thinks if this ‘woman’ is correct, it would only be for a short visit so they could tell ‘her’ that ‘she’ was wrong.

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 4:05pm
  120. Someone posted on my wall we need more religion in our schools. Really, so people like this can say things like that. Religion has its place. School is for education not bigotry. Hope I never meet this woman.

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 6:57pm
  121. If hell existed, that ugly bitch would be sitting right along with them.

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 7:08pm
  122. As a black woman, she should know how certain words can be so powerful and hurtful. It is sad to think she is an educator.

    Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 10:31pm
  123. so wait, a black woman is forcing injustices on students? i wonder if this bitch has ever heard of segragation, or maybe black rights, or womens rights? im glad she earned her right to force other rights away from people, fucking idiots man

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 1:15am
  124. Of course they are…if they can get past her first!!!! What a cow!

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 7:23am