College Student Allegedly Threatened With Expulsion From Campus Housing After Coming Out On Facebook
Nineteen year-old Rochester, Michigan college student Kiah Zabel says since she came out as a lesbian on Facebook, she has threatened with being kicked out of on-campus housing if she doesn't remove the postings from her page. According to the Huffington Post:
"19-year-old Rochester College student Kiah Zabel says she came out as a lesbian on Facebook, posting a photo with the title, "Out...Proud...Lesbian." Shortly after the photo was posted, Zabel says she received a letter from Rochester College's Dean of Students, asking her to remove the photo and caption.
"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 is quoted as having written in the letter. "
'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."
Cole also reportedly went on to note that if Zabel refused to remove the image, she could be kicked out of on-campus housing.
"I have to hide [my sexual orientation] and I can't talk about it or anything, and I have to conform to everything the school says," Zabel explained to ABC 57. “I just told [the Dean of Students] it wasn't fair and I told him it was discrimination."