[Ed. – In its own headline, NBC conveniently omitted the fact that the this a Catholic school.]
After trying unsuccessfully to take a male date to his homecoming dance in Memphis, Tennessee, a former student is suing his Catholic high school under Title IX, arguing it had unlawfully discriminated against him on the basis of his sexual orientation.
Lance Sanderson, 19, made national headlines last year when he tried to take a boy to the homecoming dance at Christian Brothers High School (CBHS), an all-boys private school.
His effort garnered tens of thousands of supporters via a change.org petition but was ultimately defeated. He ended up skipping the dance and was sent home from school days later. When he returned, he said he was called derogatory names by other students.
Feeling unwelcome, Sanderson decided to finish his senior year at home, completing his coursework online and missing out on his graduation ceremony.
“I was very active at school,” Sanderson told NBC News. “It was a big part of my life, and it was all of a sudden gone. I was alone 24/7.”