The ACLU has found itself a strong test case for determining
whether a student’s right to privacy is violated when he or she is
“outed” to the community by their school. A principal in Memphis, Tennessee,
apparently in order to cut down on public displays of affection in school,
asked her staff to put together a list of school couples, both straight and
gay, and then posted that list publicly, thereby outing an untold number of
student romances, including that of a 17-year old gay student, who is now suing
Every few weeks a story pops up about how someone – often a college student or an employee who has been fed propaganda to the effect that he or she is entitled to live an offense-free life – was “harassed” because someone else left nasty comments on their door dry-erase board, or some such thing. The most recent example comes from the University of North Dakota, where one student was just charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct for smearing ice cream on the wall of the dorm elevator to write the words “Scott is a Jew.