School officials in Rankin County, Mississippi have gone out of their way to create a new policy in an attempt to block a gay-straight alliance from forming.
When officials heard a GSA was in the works, they created a new rule: students must get written consent from a parent in order to join any school club. This is a huge roadblock for kids who aren’t out to their parents or who have unsupportive families and need their school GSA as a safe space.
What’s worse: even if students do get parental approval, the school principal could still decide whether a GSA aligns with “educational standards and principles,” and may still be able to block the club.
Superintendent Lynn Weathersby brought up the issue at Wednesday’s school board meeting.
“There has been a group wanting to form a gay club. I talked to (board attorney) Freddie and several administrators about what we could legally do to limit organizations like that on campus that we don’t want to endorse and don’t want,” Weathersby said. …
“This is not direct to any particular club but to organizations in general,” Weathersby clarified, noting that the beginning of a new semester is a good time to review school policies and make appropriate changes.
Say out loud that you’re trying to keep gay kids from supporting one another on school grounds, and then backpedal and pretend you aren’t deliberately targeting them? You’re a damn coward.