Oklahoma high school bars lesbian students from graduating

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An Oklahoma high school apparently barred two lesbian students from graduating, according to an Advocate story so bizarre it almost seems like some details are missing. Melissa McKenzie, eighteen, told KWTV News that administrators at Del City High School had kicked her out of school upon discovering she lived with her girlfriend, Kelsey Hicks (pictured), instead of her family. Hicks, who'd left the school, attempted to return, but says administrators encouraged her to drop out. She needs a high-school diploma to pursue a career as a firefighter, but says that "The principal will say 'Well, you're gay. You're not going to do anything with your life. You might as well just drop out now.' …It's stuff to put you down that makes you want to drop out." The school's response:

"It is the policy of the Mid-Del Public School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs, services, and activities," said a statement from district officials. "The safety of our students is always the priority of Mid-Del Schools."

Is it just me, or does that not really seem to explain anything? Is "safety" here suggesting that it's unsafe for McKenzie (a legal adult) to live with her girlfriend? Or are they talking about keeping the other kids safe from exposure to lesbians? What is going on in Oklahoma?