Lesbian JROTC student claims she was told not to walk with girlfriend at spring military ball


BEAVER COUNTY, Pa. - A local high school student said she was told that she couldn't walk with her girlfriend at an upcoming spring military ball.

Kesha Webb, a cadet at Beaver Valley High School, contacted Channel 11 News after she said an Army instructor told her that she wasn't allowed to bring her girlfriend to the ball.

"I'm getting the word out there so other people like me in JROTC, probably going through the same thing, are not scared to fight for what is right," Webb said.

Channel 11's Julie Fine spoke with Webb's instructor who said this was just a misunderstanding.

In a statement, Sgt. Major Timothy Gadra said, "During the meeting we gave her the option to make this decision herself, but told her there will be people there who don’t understand. People who may have issues with it, and the same people make donations for the program for cadet scholarships."

"He was like, 'Well there's going to be important people there and we get our money from them so we don't want you to walk with a female," said Webb. "I should be able to open with myself and be able to fee like I'm welcome anywhere."

Gadra said he plans to sit down with Webb to clear up any confusion and make sure they're on the same page.