Very interesting article about a high school girl responding with "That's so gay!" after other kids teased her for Mormon stereotypes, so she got a warning and notation in her record, and in turn her parents sued to defend her First Ammendment rights... I'm totally torn on the main basis of topic! (Let me state right now that I think the parents are idiots for suing anyone on this subject. So what if their kid got a note in her record over this...it's high school!)
I TOTALLY feel the "It's so gay" line is wrong and overused in all the wrong ways. I'm tired of hearing it to slam someone else, or describe something negatively. I'm in no way a gay rights activist, but this one really offends me. I've heard our student workers use it on rare occassion, and then called them on it (but not in an offensive way - just bringing it to their attention). I hear it used in the Hub on campus. And I actually left a guild/server in World of Warcraft and joined a gay-friendly one because too much of that type of stuff was going on between the players...
Sure, I'm a grown adult and know that they usually don't even think of "homosexual people" when they say that line...it's just a generic insult. But considering how it originated, then yes, I take offense to it.
But in this particular case, the girl's defending herself because other kids were making fun of her for being Mormon. Are those other kids in any sort of trouble?? I sure hope so. What she did isn't right, and yet I realize it's going on all around her, so why SHOULD she be any different. And those other kids were intentionally attacking something about her specifically - while she was responding in general to their comments.
The article also mentions how the year before two boys were hired to beat up a gay kid...and that in some ways that resulted in the school taking such a strict stance on this particular situation.
I dunno. I'm torn. What she's saying isn't nice at all. But was she calling those other kids gay, or just discounting what they were saying about her in a way? The latter. I'm not defending what she did...but I think this is being taken to extremes.