Wow, some of the thoughts and posts in this thread really scare me. I find it incredibly sad that a girl's victory in the face of discrimination could be viewed as anything other than a positive. I'm glad that you can see how the school, faculty, students and parents were wrong, but I don't understand how she was. How exactly do homosexuals draw unnecessary attention to themselves? By doing the exact same things that straight couples do? Really bizzar behavior like holding hands, hugging, kissing, talking about their significant other or being proud of who they are? What kind of attention do you consider unnecessary? Would it have been better for this girl to spend her whole life denying who she is and being miserable? Sex and sexual orientation are two different things. People are showing their sexual orientation in the parades and there is nothing wrong with that. It is the same as any other group doing marches for equal rights, gay people just do it with a little more flare. This had absolutely nothing at all to do with money and I doubt the girl wasn't really after any. This was about discrimination pure and simple. She was discriminated against because she is gay. Would you be saying the same thing if this happened because of her race or here gender in general? As far as the school doing what it wants, it needs to become a private school then. As a public school it is not allowed, by law, to discriminate against any of the students and therefore was clearly in the wrong. Calling her a "bitch" because she didn't feel like have her rights trampled on by a bunch of narrow minded fools makes me wonder how you would respond if someone trampled all over your rights. Would you just skulk away upset or would you stand up and fight for your rights? In our society one of the biggest forms of punishment that can be effective and retroactive is monetary. Are you saying that you wouldn't do something similar if you were wronged? She did it because she was discriminated against by a public learning institution as well as the students, parents and faculty. I would consider this country to already be at the bottom if people were allowed to get away with something like this. Nobody deserves to be mistreated because they are different.