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Critics of lesbian homecoming couple are bullies, official says

October 31, 2011 |  6:59 pm

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The San Diego school superintendent Monday branded as “adult bullies who preach hate and intolerance” the people who have made phone calls and sent emails criticizing the students' selection of a lesbian couple as the homecoming king and queen at Patrick Henry High School.

Supt. Bill Kowba said adults criticizing the selection of Rebecca Arellano and Haileigh Adams are "demonstrating such a lack of tolerance and are presenting such a negative role model for children with their hateful comments."

Arellano was named homecoming king at a Friday pep rally. Adams was named homecoming queen at a school dance Saturday.

The calls and emails, Kowba said, "are also disrupting the work of the school to focus on the education of students ... if these calls and emails were from students, they would face disciplinary measures."

Kowba said that he supports and congratulates the Patrick Henry homecoming king and queen “and wishes them and the school well ... I look forward to the day when all students can come to school, free of harassment and bullying.”

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Photo: Haileigh Adams (left) and Rebeca Arellano. Credit: KGTV-TV Channel 10

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