LEHI -- Alpine School District officials say they were being proactive against bullying in deciding to tell a Utah student's parents he is gay.
The 14-year-old middle school student created an advertisement about himself and his sexual orientation during a class project earlier this month. School officials say an aide overheard other students making negative comments about the boy. The boy told administrators he was gay but wasn't ready to tell his parents.
District spokeswoman Rhonda Bromley says he agreed but chose not to be present when his parents were told.
Bromley says the parents are supportive but upset a Facebook page was created almost immediately identifying him and calling for the school to end homophobic discrimination.
Bromley says the boy wasn't suspended but taken out of school until the controversy subsides.