Christian college warns student for ‘coming out’ on Facebook

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, March 12, 2012 18:17 EDT
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A college student who announced on Facebook that she was a lesbian could be kicked out of on-campus dorms if she doesn’t remove the posting from the Internet, according to Fox 2 News.

Kiah Zabel, a 19-year-old student at Rochester College in Michigan, posted an image on the social networking site that read: “Out…Proud…Lesbian.”

Shortly afterward, the Dean of Students sent Zabel a letter asking her to take down the image or face expulsion from campus living.

“I appreciate your move towards honesty and being the real you, but I’m going to have to insist that you change your Facebook banner picture,” Brian Cole wrote in the letter obtained by FOX 2 “‘Out…Proud…Lesbian’ is not really consistent with the heritage of Rochester College and has proven to already be disruptive among fellow students who are really bothered by it.”

School officials have told her that she must keep her sexual orientation a secret.

But Zabel said she shouldn’t be punished for being honest.

“Christians are supposed to love others and they love themselves,” she said. “Why am I being punished for being who I am?”

Watch video, courtesy of WJBK, below:

Student: Rochester College Wants Me to Hide Being Gay: MyFoxDETROIT.com

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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