Gay High School Student Gets Apology From Assistant Principal Who Booted Him From Mr. Fullerton Pageant

Kearian Giertz, the Fullerton Union High School student who was promptly pulled from the Mr. Fullerton pageant Tuesday night for supporting gay marriage, has received an apology from Assistant Principal Joe Abell.

Giertz reportedly responded to the question "Where do you see yourself in 10 years from now?" by saying "Hopefully, 10 years from now gay marriage will be legal in California." That got him kicked out of the annual pageant held for senior boys at the school's Plummer Auditorium.  

While the crowd was still cheering, Abell reportedly walked out and said "Cut him, cut him, cut him."

Abell publicly apologized to Giertz on Wednesday, and George J. Giokaris, superintendent of the Fullerton Joint Union High School District, issued a statement saying "the student's statement made during the Mr. Fullerton contest at Fullerton Union High School (FUHS) on April 3, 2012, regarding the student's future plans and hopes did not violate any school rules."

The district said Abell believed Giertz's statement was off script and not pre-approved, but went on to say the matter "should have been handled privately with the student by the Assistant Principal."

The district said that before making the public apology, Abell spoke with Giertz and asked him if it would make the situation worse, or embarrass him.

According to the district, Giertz told Abell "it was OK to make the public apology."

The district said Abell made the apology at 10:25 a.m. over the school's public address system to "all FUHS students and staff members," with Abell saying he did not handle the situation appropriately.

Information about how the district will deal with Abell won't be released because it "is a confidential personnel matter," according to the district.

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Conway Borgnine
Conway Borgnine

Joe Abell has been FIRED!  Good riddance to that badge-heavy horse's azz.  Another incompetent government school admin kicked to the curb. 

Streets
Streets

Should he not have been in the Miss Fullerton Pageant?

Steve
Steve

The Assistant Principal should be fired immediately. Our tax dollars should not pay the salaries of such idiots.

7777mimioni
7777mimioni

I think Mr Abell did right thing  Giertz's  should move to other state and marry legally why California don't have money for AIDS even Senator Mark Leno  his life partner passed away from complications relating to HIV/AIDS

Daddylonglegs
Daddylonglegs

thank god he wasnt a christian or they would have expelled him!! im still waiting to see if they would bend over backwards for a christian who wears a religious t-shirt to school..not holding my breath for that apology

shadow_man
shadow_man

For those of you claiming homosexuality is a "lifestyle", that is a false and ignorant statement. Homosexuality is not a choice.  Just like you don't choose the color of your skin, you cannot choose whom you are sexually attracted to. Virtually all major psychological and medical experts agree that sexual orientation is NOT a choice. Most gay people will tell you its not a choice. Common sense will tell you its not a choice. While science is relatively new to studying homosexuality, studies tend to indicate that its biological.

http://www-news.uchicago.edu/r...http://www.newscientist.com/ch...Gay, Straight Men's Brain Responses Differhttp://www.foxnews.com/story/0...http://www.livescience.com/hea...http://www.springerlink.com/co...http://blogs.discovermagazine....

There is overwhelming scientific evidence that homosexuality is not a choice. Sexual orientation is generally a biological trait that is determined pre-natally, although there is no one certain thing that explains all of the cases. "Nurture" may have some effect, but for the most part it is biological. 

shadow_man
shadow_man

 This is the perfect example of how anti-gay people change the bible's words for their anti-gay agenda.

Corinthians 6:9-11Let us examine that very closely.

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither the immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate [malakoi], nor homosexual offenders [arsenokoites], nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God.

First of all, before we address this line, let us consider one thing. Supposedly taken from a 2000+ year old book, understand that the word "homosexual" was not coined until 1869 by Austrian-born novelist Karl-Maria Kertbeny. So how it happens to be included in a true reading of the particular biblical passage should make you ponder how accurate the interpretation actually is. So man changing the words of the Bible to conveniently spread their anti-gay agenda?

Absolutely.

shadow_man
shadow_man

We need to get the word out to religious communities that anti-gay people are twisting God's words to suit their agenda.

Homosexuality is not a sin. The Bible is constantly being taken out of context to support anti-gay views. Scholars who have studied the Bible in context of the times and in relation to other passages have shown those passages (Leviticus, Corinthians, Romans, etc) have nothing to do with homosexuality. These passages often cherry-picked while ignoring the rest of the Bible. The sins theses passages are referring to are idolatry, Greek temple sex worship, prostitution, pederasty with teen boys, and rape, not homosexuality or two loving consenting adults.

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A Guest
A Guest

There ain't anything much gayer than a Mr. Fullerton pageant.

michael
michael

I'm very curious to see if Mr. Abell will stick around Fullerton's school district.  If he's promoted to principle, I'm sure a bunch of parents will have a lot to say about it.  I hear that Anoka-Hennepin in Minnesota is hiring.  He'd fit right in there.

Andrew Love
Andrew Love

Since every other news outlet declines to name the student, because he is a minor and his parents did not consent, why did you publicly post his name?

Zs8pdefq7z
Zs8pdefq7z

Incompetent?  Really?  Any human that speaks out against outright disrespect is incompetent?  God help us all....the inmates are running the asylum, and Conway Borgnine is their leader....

Zs8pdefq7z
Zs8pdefq7z

No, the assistant principal should not be fired immediately.  What should happen is people like you Steve, who make comments that are based on knee-jerk and "I want to support a cause" reactions.  Educate yourself, take the time to write a real opinion that has some substance as to why you think he should be fired, and then be sure to justify that by telling all of us how long you have been paying taxes that have supported him.  You certainly must have more substance than to call people who don't "believe" like you do "idiots" and all of the rest of the world (I'm sure) would love to hear an educated dissertation on the subject from you.....

Waldo Butterman
Waldo Butterman

Thank the FSM (Flying Spaghetti Monster) that this kid wasn't wearing a Pastararian T-Shirt with a picture of the Flying Spaghetti Monster on it! Or if the kid decided to wear the official religious headgear of the FSM's - a colander. Why is it people can't understand that the Flying Spaghetti Monster is  THE single, only true god and the FSM church is the only, SINGLE real church.  All  these other fake churches claim to be better, but hey, the FSM church has Beer Volcanoes in it's version of heaven!  

May you be touched by his noodly appendage.

Streets
Streets

Your stats by so called experts are evidently from Gay Scientist.  In addtion please, you can't pick and choose what you like from the bible and what you don't like based on your agenda.  THe bible is what it is and is not up to interpretation by the moderns.

7777mimioni
7777mimioni

what do you mean" Homosexuality is not a choice"so they are sexually attaracted to some body than they can stop??? than we all can have sex with who ever~~ why not under age child why not dog etc~~and most gay people attracted to human body only to have sex with they have no love. sex and love is different why they want to marry anyway they want to have another gay child ?? It is mental illness

Mattmoore
Mattmoore

shadow man, you are a fucking faggot.

Zs8pdefq7z
Zs8pdefq7z

At least Anoka-Hennepin is on the right track.   People in California are the epitome of lost innocence and failure to respect each other in society. We want what's right for our families and want our kids to grow up right, but then we read posts here and we see how we have failed as a society to create upstanding citizens through education.  Thanks to our government, we can do, say or be whatever we want and we are protected....except we aren't...and the time is coming when the commenters here will see what has been wrought by the permissiveness that is slowly destroying our society.  As for me...Minnesota might be a great place to get away from the fallout of a failed society that California will represent.  Adios muchachos.....zombies here we come!

Kaibelf
Kaibelf

Why should they have to consent anyway? Did he say or do anything wrong? No.

Daniel
Daniel

Dude - The kid was on TV, on local news. He's been interviewed - and thus named publicly - already. He's been interviewed on camera and in print. Are you concerned his parent didn't consent to all of that?

7777mimioni
7777mimioni

 Joe Abell should not been FIRED !!!! what is wrong with california now and the people

Streets
Streets

I agree 100%!  I did a study while in college of 100 gay men.  The most informative question I asked each of them was "Were you molested as a child"  98 % answerd "yes".  I also learned that all of these men, indicated they had a sexual attraction to males, at a very young age 6-8.  I am 100% straight, and love women, yet when I was a child I didnt like girls.........and did not have much attraction to girls sexually till the age of 12.  So that throws the I knew I was gay when i was six crap out the door................

Zs8pdefq7z
Zs8pdefq7z

Nope...he isn't a "fucking faggot..." he is just pointing out what most people refuse to acknowledge any more.  Our society has become a vast wasteland of "free speakers" who want all of the rest of us to buy in to whatever nonsense they cry about.  End times are end times, no matter how you try to sugar coat it.  We are bringing this about ourselves, because we have people like you Mattmoore who can''t contain your ignorance in your haste to post your words of hate.....

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