Bryce Goodson claims that a Christian high school in Jacksonville, Florida, banned him from attending an event after he came out as gay on Twitter.
The teen has created an online petition to call out the alleged discrimination by Providence High School, noted News 4 Jax (video below).
On his petition, Goodson states:
"Shortly after I came out as gay on Twitter, I was contacted by a teacher and was told that the Providence School Board decided it would be unwise for me to attend the Pony Awards (the award ceremony for our school musical, 'Little Women').
"They 'highly suggested' that I refrain from showing up at the event. However, this action was taken after I had graduated from Providence, and therefore the school had no right in interceding in my actions.
"The handbook states that 'Providence School reserves the right to discipline for both on-campus and off-campus misbehavior during the time students possess official enrollee status.' I no longer was an enrollee.
"Also, the handbook outlines 'social exclusion or isolation' as a form of bullying, and that is exactly what the Board did to me. I make this petition in hopes of gathering support and showing Providence how poorly they handled the situation. The Board did not emulate the love that Christians are supposed to stand for."
Goodson would not give an interview, but his father Ed Goodson told News 4 Jax that the school's reaction was "quite a surprise on the behavior on the issue."
School officials wouldn't do an on-camera interview, but the head of school, Dr. Julie Giardino, said, "We would act in our statement of faith and mission statement."
The school's mission statement doesn't mention homosexuality, but the faith statement on its website says:
"We hold the state of marriage to be an expression of a Biblical standard and the union between a man and a woman. Violations of this sacred trust include areas such as fornication, adultery, homosexuality, and co-habitation prior to marriage. (Genesis 1:27, 2:24; Matthew 19:4-5; Romans 12:1, 2, 26 and 27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Ephesians 5:3)."