February 27, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Student sues Florida high school

ARCADIA, Fla.—Lambda Legal on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of a lesbian teenager who said school officials punished her for taking part in an anti-LGBT bullying event.

Amber Hatcher, 16, planned to observe the National Day of Silence last April. DeSoto County High School Principal Shannon Fusco and DeSoto County School Superintendent Adrian Cline reportedly discouraged her from taking part in the annual event.

The lawsuit further alleges administrators suspended Hatcher for the day after she arrived to school wearing a red T-shirt that read “DOS April 20, 2012: Shhhhh.”

“I wish my school would help me create an accepting environment for LGBT kids, not single me out for punishment,” Hatcher said.

Day of Silence, gay news, Washington Blade

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Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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