Tennessee school lifts ban on LGBT club


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The board of directors of a Rutherford County public charter school has reversed its ban on student-led clubs, after complaints about a newly formed LGBT group.

The board of Lake Lure Classical Academy voted to establish a new policy requiring K-8 students, but not high school students, to get parental consent to join clubs, according to a news release from the American Civil Liberties Union.

“Federal law requires all students clubs — whether it’s a chess club, Bible study group, or Gay-Straight Alliance — to be treated equally,” Chris Brook, legal director of the ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation, said in the statement. “It’s also important that the new policy allows high school students to exercise their First Amendment right to decide what clubs to join.”

As of the 2014 census, the population of Rutherford County was 288,906 – making it the fifth-most populous county in Tennessee.

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via The Robesonian