Thursday, February 20, 2014

Their day in court!


Florida middle school student sues after being denied the right to start a Gay-Straight Alliance Club. A year ago an eighth grade student at Carver Middle School in Leesburg, Florida requested to start the group but was denied. The students started a petition online and got the attention of the Florida American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
February 10, 2014 the ACLU lobbied on the students behalf. Argued that the school had violated the students rights to establish a club to combat bullying.The school changed their policy to only allow academic clubs. The school board also lobbied to redefine the term "secondary school" to no longer include six to eight graders. Successfully disqualifying them from using the federal law that grants equal access to all extracurricular clubs.
The judge has not ruled on the case yet but both sides are being heard on the issue. More on this article at:
 http://m.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/thenewcivilrights/#!/entry/florida-middle-school-students-sue-to-start-gaystraight-alliance-club,53065a20025312186cd40610
and
http://aclufl.org/2014/02/10/aclu-of-florida-argues-in-federal-court-for-lake-county-middle-schoolers-gay-straight-alliance/

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