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    SANTA ROSA, California (AP) -- A judge ruled Tuesday that a high school student who sued after being disciplined and then mercilessly teased for using the phrase "That's so gay" is not entitled to monetary damages.

    When a few classmates razzed Rebekah Rice about her Mormon upbringing with questions such as, "Do you have 10 moms?" she shot back: "That's so gay."

    Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Elaine Rushing said she sympathized with 18-year-old Rebekah Rice for the ridicule she experienced at Maria Carrillo High School. But, the judge said, Rice's lawyers failed to prove that school administrators had violated any state laws or singled the girl out for punishment.

    "All of us have probably felt at some time that we were unfairly punished by a callous teacher, or picked on and teased by boorish and uncaring bullies," the judge wrote in a 20-page ruling. "Unfortunately, this is part of what teenagers endure in becoming adults."

    The law "is simply too crude and imprecise an instrument to satisfactorily soothe deeply hurt feelings," Rushing said.

    The case filed by Rice and her parents in 2003 brought widespread attention to a three-word phrase that some teenagers use to mean "stupid" or "uncool," but has come under attack as an insensitive insult to gay people.

    The Rices argued that a teacher violated Rebekah Rice's First Amendment rights by sending her to the principal's office and putting a note in her school file. During a trial in February, Rebekah Rice testified she said "That's so gay" as a response to other students asking her rude questions about her Mormon upbringing.

    Rushing said the school district was not liable for monetary damages because the law under which the Rices brought the lawsuit specifically excludes schools. In addition, she said that school officials are given wide latitude in deciding how to enforce non-discrimination provisions of the state education code.

    The judge added that it didn't make sense to have the referral stricken from the girl's school record, since she graduated last year.

    The lawsuit also accused the public high school of having a double standard because, it said, administrators never sought to shield Rebekah from teasing based on Mormon stereotypes. It also alleged that the Rices were singled out because of the family's conservative views on sexuality.

    Rushing rejected each claim, going so far as to suggest that the Rices had created a miserable situation for Rebekah by advertising their dissatisfaction with the school's handling of the incident during her freshman year.

    Neither the Rices nor their lawyer returned telephone calls seeking comment.
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    Nice to see a judge finally make a rational decision in one of these law suits. Maybe this will begin to discourage people from filing these phony things.

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    That's so gay!

    I hear that all the time from the kiddies around here and never gave it a second thought. The things people will sue over to make a buck.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by gently_collapse View Post
    Nice to see a judge finally make a rational decision in one of these law suits. Maybe this will begin to discourage people from filing these phony things.
    It's not the people. It's the ambulance chasers whispering into their ears dreams of a pay-out, to which the lawyers (naturally) get a piece of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    It's not the people. It's the ambulance chasers whispering into their ears dreams of a pay-out, to which the lawyers (naturally) get a piece of.
    "Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack. -- Gen. George S. Patton

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    LIBERACE in hot-pants?
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    "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
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    And where was your savior on that ruling?

    Poor little mo mo getting picked on, boo hoo. It's part of life deal with it
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    OMG please don't post that pic again!

    That's almost as bad as the droopin eyes.
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    Runaround... around... around... around... around... around... around... around... around... around... around... around... around... around... around... around... around... around... around... around... around... around... around... around... around... around... around... around... around... around... around... around... around... around... around... around... around... around... around... around... around... around... around... around... around... around... around... around... around... around... around...

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    Why can't I look that pretty?

    J/K! Man that Rupaul guy's pretty tall.
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    Welcome back, Van HALEN!!!!

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    I hate that damn saying.
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    yea yea

    those nappy headded gay hoes..!
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    That whole story is so "hetero".

    Apologies in advance to the minority of straight people reading this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wham bam will rock View Post
    That whole story is so "hetero".

    Apologies in advance to the minority of straight people reading this.

    *Disclaimer:
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    You must have seen that weird old John Ritter movie with the neon glow in the dark condoms.
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