Excellent advice, Christy
It definately was helpful to the situation to bring in the opposite perspective.
Staff are always quick to judge with those things I've found. If you don't fit into the majority, they tend to assume you are trouble and won't help as much. I was picked on a lot for being "bisexual"(I was a rather confused teen, needless to say I came to the conclusion I was only curious, which is normal for the age) during the 8th grade and they didn't do a thing. In fact, they told me they couldn't because "how can they control what the other kids say?" They had a "talk" with everyone about being tolerant, but it was half-hearted and basically consisted of "Now, be nice everyone! Smiles! See, they all SAID they wouldn't, so go be best friends again!". Not an ounce of help.
You won't look like a fool. Just be firm.