Wednesday, June 15, 2005

I know a bit about Biology

Well, it looks like the Georgia Board of Education can do something right after all. As reported in the AJC, the board rejected a Parental Notification rule that would have required parents to sign permission slips before their child could join a school club; in effect it would have required gay, lesbian or simply confused kids to either out themselves to their parents or not seek help and support from their peers.

The 10-3 decision cheered opponents, who felt the policy would deter gay students from joining support clubs.

Beth Littrell, a staff attorney with the Georgia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, said public schools have no right to prohibit students from joining clubs, even at the request of parents. "In our opinion, [it's] a violation of the student's First Amendment rights," Littrell said.

Those who have been keeping up with Zach's plight know all too well what can happen when a teenager comes out to a parent, and the parent is monumentally unsupportive.

Kudos to the GBE.


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