`Izzy Dieker was banned from taking her bus to school after saying ‘I’m a lesbian’ within earshot of its driver (Pictures: KSN)
A gay 13 year-old was banned from her school bus for saying ‘I’m a lesbian,’ her family says. Izzy Dieker was hit with the ban after being accused of vulgar language by the bus’s driver, who also claimed the teen had failed to follow orders.
Izzy, who attends Americus School in Americus, Kansas, said: ‘Once I got home, my dad told me he got a call from the school that I was kicked off for saying “I’m a lesbian” I am openly a lesbian and my whole class knows it.’ The youngster took the bus for the 30 minute journey to and from school each day.
Izzy says she is appalled by how she has been treated, adding: ‘It made me upset to think that people go through this everyday and also that kids are growing up thinking that it’s a horrible thing and they shouldn’t be talking about it at all when honestly it should be the other way around.’
She has the full support of her parents, with Izzy’s mother Tasha Cooper appalled that the driver considered the word ‘lesbian’ to be inappropriate. Tasha told KSN: ‘She’s 13 years old and these are adults acting like this towards her.
‘We’ve had talks about other students calling her names and I expect that because they’re repeating what their parents say. But for the staff, the people that I trust her with, I was angry.’
Izzy has also been supported by multiple classmates and teachers, who have begun wearing rainbow pins to show solidarity.
Local teacher Michael Lanzrath, who is gay, added his voice to the groundswell of support.
He said: ‘I really just wanted to let Izzy know that there are people that absolutely support her.
‘Our job as educators is to make sure that all our kids are taken care of. To us, all means all.’
A school district spokesman declined to comment on Izzy’s bus ban.
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