INDIANAPOLIS -- The principal of Roncalli High School says students are allowed to show their support for a guidance counselor placed on administrative leave over her same-sex marriage but they cannot promote "Pride" events because they go against the church's teaching.
Principal Chuck Weisenbach sent out a clarification email Thursday after several students claimed he banned them from wearing "rainbow colors" or showing their support for Fitzgerald during the morning announcements on Wednesday.
"Since the start of Ms. Fitzgerald being placed on paid administrative leave, we have given students, teachers and staff leeway to show their support for her. Students continue to be allowed to wear rainbow attire and accessories in our school and to sporting events.
We believe there is a delicate balance between showing support for a staff member and advocating for a specific cause or political position. As such, signs hung throughout the school advertising and advocating for a "Pride Day" were removed earlier this week. We do not allow for this type of advocacy in our school, regardless of the cause or political position.
With regard to tomorrow night's home football game, students are allowed to wear the clothing of their choice. However, similar to the position taken by the first two schools we played this year, there will be no signs, posters, flags, banners allowed at the game or on campus. Cheerleaders will be allowed the use of spirit signs."