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Principal Comes Out To Students On 'Pride Day': ICYMI

Principal says he is tired of hiding his sexuality.

Principal Pete Cahall tells his students he's gay. (Screen grab from Washington Post.)
Principal Pete Cahall tells his students he's gay. (Screen grab from Washington Post.)

When students and staff gathered at Woodrow Wilson High School for a tolerance event called Pride Day, their principal had a surprising announcement: he's gay.

Principal Pete Cahall came out publicly as gay for the first time, telling those gathered on Wednesday that, “I just turned 50 a couple of weeks ago and it’s just something I’m tired of hiding,” CBS Baltimore reports.

Support from students was overwhelming.

“I feel really proud of him, even though obviously he’s an adult,” Marla Solow, 16, a junior who helped organize the Pride event, told The Washington Post. “I teared up … if it inspires other people to come out, that’s great.”

The principal, a former football player, told students he was inspired by them to come out.

“I want to say publicly for the first time because of your leadership, care and support that I am a proud gay man who just happens to be the principal of Wilson High School,” he said in the atrium at the D.C. school with Mayor Vincent Gray at his side.

Anti-gay protesters from the Westboro Baptist Church, claim they’ll be at Wilson to picket, according to CBS Baltimore.

More than 1,000 students at Woodrow Wilson High School have pledged to show up to counter-protest, the station says.

Jeannie Heath June 08, 2014 at 04:44 PM
Sorry, but I don't think his sexuality should be a topic/concern at the school period. They are his students, not friends or peers or even adults. Didn't a substitute teacher just get fired for asking her class dating advise? He may have meant well, but keep your Private life away from your students.
Bob B June 08, 2014 at 04:58 PM
I agree with you - most of his students are minors, he has no business discussing his sexual orientation with them, in the same way that a straight principal (or teacher) has no business discussing his/her sexual orientation in a school setting.
Ays Kofi June 08, 2014 at 09:15 PM
We don't need to know about all this crap. It's not news. It's simply trash and shows how far in the gutter AOL has sunken.
Tom Hollman June 08, 2014 at 10:59 PM
SO THEY SHOULD FIRE HIM FOR TALKING ABOUT IT WITH MINORS HE SOUNDS KINDA CREEPY TO ME ITS NOT A SCHOOL SUBJECT IS HE ADVERTISING FOR A MATE????

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