CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A George Washington High School senior filed for an injunction Monday after her principal threatened to go to her future college with complaints about her behavior following a contentious assembly last week.
That student, 17-year-old Katelyn Campbell, is also calling for the principal, George Aulenbacher, to resign and to publicly apologize to the school and the community.
Campbell called the assembly, featuring national abstinence speaker Pam Stenzel, an exercise in "slut-shaming," saying she and other girls at the school were offended by her abrasive criticism of teenage girls who choose to have sex.
"By this token," Campbell said. "George Aulenbacher knowingly abused the student population of G Washington High School."
Campbell went to the media after the assembly with her complaints, and GW students organized a grassroots campaign: students formed a Facebook group called "The Average Teenager is NOT A SLUT" to post news about the campaign (it had around 100 likes by Monday evening).
One student posted an audio recording of Stenzel's presentation online (the video has since been removed.)
After she spoke out about the assembly, Campbell says Aulenbacher called her into his office and threatened to call Wellesley College -- where Campbell has been accepted for attendance next year.
According to the court filing, Aulenbacher called Campbell to his office and asked Campbell, "How would you feel if I called your college and told them what bad character you have and what a backstabber you are?"
Cambell said she got the sense that the threats were serious.
The injunction, filed Monday in Kanawha County Circuit Court, seeks to prevent Aulenbacher from following through with those threats, saying that such threats were a violation of Campbell's right to free speech.
Stenzel's visit to GW was paid for by "Believe in West Virginia," a religious group.
The group booked Stenzel for an engagement at St. Timothy Lutheran Church -- she spoke there last Monday, the evening before she went to GW and Riverside high schools -- and then approached the schools with an offer to bring Stenzel there, too, and to foot the bill.
Aulenbacher told the Daily Mail last week he instructed Stenzel to keep religion out of her talk at GW; he didn't return calls requesting comment Monday.