Kilgore ISD settles outing case

Posted on 25 Feb 2014 at 4:45pm
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Skye Wyatt

Five years after two coaches outed a Kilgore ISD student to her mother, the school district decided to settle the case.

In 2009, Skye Wyatt’s softball coaches outed her to her mother. She was 16 at the time. The coaches locked her in a locker room where they threatened and interrogated her.

Wyatt claimed outing her violated her right to privacy under the U.S. and Texas constitutions.

The trial court found in her favor, but the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the decision. That gave Texas schools the right to out students to their parents and reveal any information they might have about sexual activity, even if it would endanger the life or well-being of the student.

In addition to paying Wyatt $77,500 to settle the suit, the school district added sexual orientation to its nondiscrimination policy and will have all staff attend a 30-minute in-service training on the subject that will be repeated annually.

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