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Jimmy Iniguez Goes Back to School

Timothy Kincaid

April 1st, 2008

jimmyi.jpg We reported on a Kansas student that seemed to have been suspended for being gay. Now he’s had a hearing and the Wichita Eagle reports that he won’t be expelled.

Iniguez, who had been suspended since the incident, said he was innocent and was unfairly accused because he is gay.

He received a letter from the district today saying a hearing officer found him not guilty of the charge. He plans to return to school at the Towne East Educational Resource Center on Wednesday.

“I’m very happy it worked out and I can go back to school,” Iniguez said. “If anybody goes through what I went through, I encourage them to fight it and not give up.”

Fascinating to me, however, were the two other news sources who forgot to mention that Iniguez was found “not guilty”. They both leave the impression that Jimmy was guilty of sexally attacking another student – rather than just telling his best friend what people were saying about him.

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