Utah high school says gay students can receive singing Valentines after all

The nation is breathing a heavy sigh of relief this Valentine’s Day, in light of the announcement that Copper Hills High School on the southwestern fringe of suburban Salt Lake City will allow the exchange of “Singing Valentines” between doting students of the same gender.

There had been some confusion about the issue, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. Fliers concerning the school’s annual choir fundraiser — in which students make contributions so choir students will belt out love songs for other students — contained the disclaimer: “Sorry, no same-sex delivery.”

Some students and concerned citizens did not like the proviso. To them, it smacked of bullying and anti-gay sentiment.

Dylan Lukes, co-president of the school’s recently-founded gay-straight alliance club, was among the students who were offended by the flier.

“It upset a lot of the student body,” Lukes, 17, told the Tribune. “LGBT, and even friends who are girls.”

Kim Hackford-Peer, an assistant professor in the gender studies program at the University of Utah, was hacked off, and expressed her displeasure on the Copper Hills High Facebook page.

“As an educator, a parent, and someone who cares about the rights of all students, I am deeply disappointed,” she wrote.

Todd Quarnberg, the principal at Copper Hills, called the wording a “mistake” by choir students.

“I have been talking to students all afternoon,” Quarnberg wrote in response to Hackford-Peer. “My choir students who are sponsoring the singing valentines did not write the handout correctly. The choreography of these singing valentines made some of the kids uncomfortable with the delivery, which is why the handout was worded the way it was.”

“We do not want anyone to think that CHHS discriminates based on sexual preferences,” Quarnberg also said on Facebook. “We love all our students.”

Follow Eric on Twitter