Kentucky's Betsy Layne High School had a two-page yearbook spread dedicated to every senior on the boys' basketball team, with the exception of one student: Dalton Maldonado, a starting point guard who came out publicly as gay this year.
In a Facebook post published Tuesday, he described further discrimination. "I would hear things that teachers would say, and many media outlets would say I 'claimed' this happened in spite of the pictures and text messages I had from my coaches as proof," he wrote. "Then I had a person officiated with the school tell me what they had learned about the school attempting to cover up the whole story. I recently saw my senior yearbook, I flipped right to the sports basketball page only to find my senior basketball picture missing...which devastated me."
Maldonado recalled how months earlier, "a kid tried to humiliate me by calling me a f----t in front of my entire fan base and team at a basketball tournament. I came out to my team on that day, and they all stood by my side in spite of the other team trying to scare and intimidate me because of my sexuality."
Betsy Layne High School "has repeatedly refused to answer questions" or dispute the claims made by Maldonado, according to OutSports.