Chambersburg Area School District

High school students denied a Gay-Straight Alliance club

Attorneys/Firms: Molly Tack-Hooper & Witold Walczak (ACLU-PA)

The ACLU of Pennsylvania and Equality Pennsylvania sent a letter today to the Chambersburg Area School District (CASD) on behalf of a group of Chambersburg Area Senior High School students whose request to form a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club was denied by the school board last month. The school board's decision to deny the group status as an official club is a violation of federal law. The letter gives the school district until March 15, 2013, to reverse its decision or face legal action.

The board reversed its decision on March 27, 2013, and allowed the creation of the club.

GSA clubs are student-led and student-organized school clubs that aim to create a safe, welcoming, and accepting school environment for all youth, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

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