Out High School Athlete Has Been Removed From The Yearbook
Dalton Maldonado, a gay high school basketball player at Betsy Lane High School who has been the victim of harassment both in and outside of school has now been dealt with another blow of being omitted from the team’s yearbook.
Earlier this year, Maldonado endured a terrible ordeal of homophobia at a Kentucky basketball tournament after coming out as gay. As his team boarded the bus, the opposing team shouted “f***t” at him and egging him to fight them. Several players even followed the bus as it made its way back to the hotel — something his coach and tournament officials didn’t take lightly.
His school administration denied the incident ever happened, despite multiple eyewitness accounts saying otherwise.
Now the school officials have gone one step further of demeaning him by not including the graduating senior’s photo from the yearbook.
The Floyd County Board of Education was repeatedly contacted by media outlets asking for a response. And this is what they have to say:
“A district level administrator was assigned to conduct an inquiry into the allegation and report his findings directly to me,” said superintendent Henry Webb in a statement. “The individual picture for the student athlete was omitted from the school’s basketball section through error.”
Webb added that allegations that the district had intentionally omitted Maldonado’s photo from the basketball team’s tribute page were “totally false and without merit.”
“To resolve these unintentional errors, I have directed that any pages where omissions occurred be reprinted as inserts,” said Webb. “We teach our students that when you make a mistake that you acknowledge your error, express regret and if possible, correct your actions. We can’t expect our children to learn these lessons if we don’t model them.”
Maldonando, however, isn’t happy with how the district is handling the situation, writing on his Facebook page:
Earlier today, after receiving many good wishes and lots of support from all over the country, I received a call from the superintendent of schools. He told me that I was in the annual fifteen times, and that they may have over looked my senior basketball picture. He went on to say that they were going to make a new annual and he hoped I knew they were so proud of me. However, here is the picture that should have been in the yearbook, along with the rest of the senior basketball players! They took Outsports’ first article about my experience and swept it under the rug, as if the harassment and humiliation never happened! I refuse to let this happen again! I was a senior point guard who had played for three years, and I was even in the center of the team picture. I don’t care if I was in other parts 100 times, my individual picture wasn’t in there! I find it unbelievable that their “investigation” took less than one whole school day and once again they’re just letting it go! I will not stop fighting this. No one deserves this, and I’ll make sure no other LGBT teen in Floyd Co has to face this type of discrimination!