11/15/2010 10:24 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Gay Students Say Okla. High School Won't Let Them Graduate

Openly gay students who attended Del City High School in Del City, Okla. say that administrators and teachers at the school are actively discouraging them from graduating.

Melissa McKenzie, 18, says she was kicked out of the school in August after school officials learned that she was living with her girlfriend, KWTV reports. Both she and her girlfriend, Kelsey Hicks, have tried to re-enroll but the principal won't let them.

Hicks admits she's been in trouble in the past with school leaders, however she feels the administration is harsher on her because of her lifestyle.

"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,'" said Hicks.

Other openly gay students claim that they have experienced similar discrimination from the school.