A Texas school has responded to a teen who said on YouTube he was forced to move schools for being gay.
Austin Wallis, a 17-year-old US YouTuber and former student at private Christian school Lutheran High North in Houston, posted a video recently showed him in tears after he recounted a story of how he was called into his principal’s office two weeks ago.
He said: ‘The gist of it was: I had to go back into the closet. Which means I had to delete all my social media, including YouTube. I had to erase my digital impact on the world. And he said I’ll have to do that to stay at the school.’
He did not mention the name of his school or principal in the video.
The Texas Observer has obtained a statement from Wayne Kramer, the executive director of the Lutheran Education Association of Houston. The association oversees three private schools, including Lutheran High North in Houston.
‘Lutheran High North welcomes all students and their families to the LHN community,’ Kramer stated in response to Wallis’s video.
‘We profess and proclaim our Christian beliefs with the foundations and authority taught in the Bible, all within the teachings of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.
‘We respectfully require students to adhere to these accepted values and moral beliefs. Sometimes, as in this case, students have to make choices and decide whether their beliefs align with our community and we respect their choices. We also respect student privacy and do not comment on any individual student or their actions.’
Dallas Lusk, the head of Lutheran High North, claimed the allegations were ‘misrepresented’ but made clear students are banned from promoting ‘anything sinful’.
‘Lutheran High North reserves the right, within its sole discretion, to refuse admission of an applicant and/or to discontinue enrollment of a current student participating in, promoting, supporting or condoning: pornography, sexual immorality, homosexual activity or bisexual activity; or displaying an inability or resistance to support the qualities and characteristics required of a Biblically based and Christ-like lifestyle,’ he made clear was in the school’s guide book
In Wallis’ video, the teen said ‘it is ridiculous in this day and age you can be excluded from your own school for being gay’.
‘When I came out I knew I was going to have bullies, and I knew people were not going to be OK with it,’ he said. ‘But I never expected it to be from the people who were supposed to protect you from the bullies.’