Here’s yet another school that needs to be taught a lesson in equality. North Putnam High School near Indianapolis is refusing to allow students to form a Gay-Straight Alliance and the ACLU has filed a federal lawsuit over it, which they will quickly win in summary judgment.
The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Indiana filed a lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of three students at North Putnam High School who have been denied the right to form a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club during non-instructional time at school.
The lawsuit, also brought on behalf of the GSA, claims the school’s denial violates both federal law and the U.S. Constitution…
The school, which allows other non-school-sponsored clubs and activities to meet, has denied recognition of the GSA club for more than a year. The students followed all the school’s required procedures outlined in its student handbook to establish the club, including securing a faculty member to supervise the group, the lawsuit states.On Nov. 20, the North Putnam School Board voted to bar the club from forming, despite the fact that other clubs are not made to pass a school board vote.
The lawsuit alleges the school’s denial of the GSA club violates students’ First Amendment rights and the federal Equal Access Act. The students are seeking to have their application for the club approved and to allow it all rights similar to those of other extracurricular clubs.
“The law is clear in this matter,” ACLU of Indiana legal director Ken Falk said. “There is no excuse for the school district’s intransigence, which is causing real harm to its students.”
Falk is right, the Equal Access Act is crystal clear on this. The school is going to lose, probably before it even goes to trial. They better hope they lose fast because the longer it goes on, the more they’re going to have to pay in legal fees. Why do school boards tend to be inhabited by so many idiots? Because the Christian right has put a huge focus on electing wingnuts to local school boards.