My encounters with the boys I liked defined the courses of my days and dictated my attitude for a long time.
I thought that a romantic relationship was the answer to all my problems; that there was a simple cure to the sadness, anger, frustration, and stress — all symptoms of typical teenage hormones. I tried to change my interests, my image, and my character to appear more attractive and desirable to each new guy.
Its much, much tougher when youre a 17 year-old gay boy, part of only 10% or less of the school population and your possible loves are all in hiding, just as you are, due to the fear of being socially ostracized, laughed at, condemned and physically harassed by your peers.'The students were being led down a dangerous path by the principal. The Education Department said it conducted an 'extensive appraisal of the school’s policies, procedures and management', prompted by a series of serious staff complaints in 2016, before removing the pair.It said the investigation revealed 'a high level of staff disunity and disharmony' and 'increased disengagement' of the school from the community.'The former principal and deputy principal are still employed by the department but are currently on leave and will not return to the school,' it said.Mr Griffiths and deputy principal Joumana Dennaoiu were removed from their roles at the Muslim-majority school after an investigation by the Education Department.The pair were stood down for allegedly stopping female teachers from participating in official events such as the Year 12 graduation ceremony, along with other issues.