Another day, another fuckwit-packed school board thinks it can discriminate against queer kids without the interwebs finding out:
The Chambersburg School Board voted against students who wanted club status given to the Gay-Straight Alliance they had formed at the high school Wednesday night.... GSA President Amber Fogelsonger said one of the board members who voted against the group said that the alliance is similar to the existing multi-cultural group and therefore would be unnecessary. "This time we're going to take legal action because they cannot technically deny us, because if there are three other clubs in school that are not school-related, they cannot by law deny our club," Fogelsonger said.
This is from the Chambersburg Area School District's mission statement:
Promote equity in education
Create global learners
Accept our community's diversity
Every student learns and values education
Let's meet the Chambersburg School Board:
Mr. Stanley Helman, President, Region 2.
Mrs. Kim Amsley-Camp, Vice-President, Region 8.
Mr. Carl Barton, Region 4.
Mrs. Anne Boryan, Region 9.
Mr. Norman Blowers, Region 6.
Mr. Phillip Miracle, Region 5.
Mr. Fred Rice, Region 3.
Mrs. Joan Smith, Region 7.
Mr. Joe Tosten, Region 1.
All the members of the Chambersburg School Board believe in reading...
...so send 'em something to read. Click on their names for their email addresses. Let them know we're watching and let the queer kids in Chambersburg Area School District know that they've got support. And you might want to mention that what they're doing is illegal and they're going to get sued and the queer kids are going to win and it's going to cost the school board money it probably doesn't have. Take it away, ACLU:
While school administrators sometimes balk at allowing students to start GSAs, federal law guarantees that students at public high schools have the right to do so.... If your school turns you down, tells you that you have to change the name of your GSA or that it can't be focused on LGBT issues, tells you that students have to have parental permission to join the GSA when it doesn't require that for other clubs, or tries to tell you that the GSA can't do things that other clubs get to do like have a photo in the yearbook or make club announcements, you should contact the ACLU.
UPDATE: According to a commenter, Smith, Miracle, Boryan, and Amsley-Camp all voted in favor of allowing the GSA.