A Florida school district is trying to get around the Equal Access Act and prevent the formation of a Gay-Straight Alliance club. The only way they can do that is by prohibiting all extra-curricular and non-curricular student clubs from forming.
The Lake County School Board could create new rules that would keep a local Gay-Straight Alliance student group from forming at a middle school.
The School Board discussed the rules for student clubs at a workshop Monday — with most members saying they want to limit extra-curricular student groups in secondary schools.
The discussion comes after the American Civil Liberties Union supported 14-year-old Bayli Silberstein, who wanted to form a Gay-Straight Alliance student club at Carver Middle School in Leesburg. Bayli was denied last school year but re-applied to form the group in October…School Board members Bill Mathias, Debbie Stivender and Chairwoman Kyleen Fischer spoke in favor of a rule that would ban extra-curricular clubs in secondary schools while fellow board members Tod Howard and Rosanne Brandeburg favored banning extra-curricular clubs only in middle schools.
But that means cutting out a lot of clubs that board members and the community would undoubtedly support and that are very helpful for students. The lengths that people will go to in order to punish gay people.