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Uppity Teens Must Stop Collecting Signatures In TENNESSEE!
Everyone knows gathering signatures is the gateway to "community organizing" and no good can come from that, only change and change is bad.
If they don't stomp this down who knows what's next? Voting?! Campaigning for candidates or causes?! Fundraising for or electing liberals?
In June 2011, in response to similar incidents around the country of administrations attempting to block Gay/Straight Alliance groups, Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan circulated a Dear Colleagues Letter (PDF) reminding educators of their obligations to the Equal Access Act passed in 1984 and signed by President Ronald Reagan:
In 1984, Congress passed and President Ronald Reagan signed into law the Equal Access Act, requiring public secondary schools to provide equal access for extracurricular clubs. Rooted in principles of equal treatment and freedom of expression, the Act protects student-initiated groups of all types. As one of my predecessors, Secretary Richard W. Riley, pointed out in guidance concerning the Equal Access Act and religious clubs more than a decade ago, we “protect our own freedoms by respecting the freedom of others who differ from us.”
The general rule, approved by the U.S. Supreme Court, is that a public high school that allows at least one noncurricular student group to meet on school grounds during noninstructional time (e.g., lunch, recess, or before or after school) may not deny similar access to other noncurricular student groups, regardless of the religious, political, philosophical, or other subject matters that the groups address.
Courts are not likely to take kindly to a school that is using administrative procedural roadblocks as an excuse to selectively approve or deny individual student organizations.
It might bring some solace to administration to know even of they are successful in establishing this group, they will still face daily reminders they are less worthy than other students.
Nathan Carroll, told WATE:
"Just yesterday, students across the room would yell, 'God hates gays.'"
Yeah, that's not going to go away in Tennessee anytime soon, even with gay-straight alliances.
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