A Florida high school is "trampling the First Amendment rights of students who support equal rights for gay people", according to a federal lawsuit filed Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union.
In its lawsuit, the ACLU describes what it calls an atmosphere of fear and censorship at Ponce de Leon High School, where the school board's attorney allegedly has said that expressions like a rainbow sticker may mean students are members of an "illegal organization."
Well, sure. You have to be worried about those shadowy lesbian gangs.
The ACLU sent a letter in November to the school board's attorney on behalf of Gillman, asking for clarification as to whether a variety of symbols and slogans, such as the rainbow flag or "I support my gay friends," would be allowed at the school.
The school district replied that it would not allow any expressions of support for gay rights at all because such speech would "likely be disruptive." The district then said that such symbols and slogans were signs that students were part of a "secret/illegal organization." according to the ACLU.
Typical homophobic rationalization--we've seen a lot of it coming from the hyper-homophobes in Israel. The homophobes will attack the gays for daring to acknowledge their own existence, therefore the homophobes with authority declare that gays who admit their own existence are a safety hazard. It's those nasty gays' fault that other people attack them, therefore they must be punished.
And look, the principal is already on the case!
ACLU lawyer Benjamin Stevenson wrote in the complaint that Gillman's cousin, an admitted lesbian identified as "Jane Doe," complained to [Ponce de Leon High School Principal David] Davis about being harassed by students on Sept. 7.
"He explained that Jane Doe should not be gay and she should not tell people she is gay," Stevenson wrote of Davis. "Defendant Davis also told Jane Doe the 'gay pride' was a disgrace to the school."
Way to create a safe, healthy environment for all your students where they can get an education in peace!