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Lawsuit: Student Body President Removed Over Gay Prom Proposal

5:46 pm - 03/25/2012
A student body president in Alpharetta, Ga., said he was removed from his leadership post after school administrators disagreed with an idea he proposed to make the titles of prom king and queen open to gay couples.

Reuben Lack, 18, was removed from his post on Feb. 8, 2012 for “pushing personal projects,” according a suit the teen filed in federal court.

Lack, whose Facebook says he is straight, alleged the suit that administrators at Alpharetta High School violated his first amendment rights when they shut down a student council meeting discussion on modifying the prom king and queen tradition to make it accessible to gay couples.

The school countered that Lack was let go for not fulfilling his duties as president.

“The student was essentially a poor leader,” Suzann Wilcox Jiles, attorney for the district said in a statement issued to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “He behaved in manner not becoming of student body president including but not limited to rescheduling meetings with little notice, directly going against the instructions of the faculty advisers.”

At a Jan. 12, 2012 student council meeting, a faculty member allegedly “interrupted the debate and demanded that the topic be dropped. She instructed the students to cease discussing the topic, and dictated that the resolution would not be adopted, without any formal vote,” the lawsuit stated.


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starbeams 26th-Mar-2012 03:09 am (UTC)
My high school in Arkansas, all our meetings and work were watched over by teachers (I was vice president my 10th grade year) and they did fire our secretary/treasurer for missing two meetings, we weren't asked at all. And though my creative writing teacher chose one of my works for the school literary magazine, the principal denied it due to the content and I didn't know it until the day the magazine came out. I guess it depends on the school and the area, sadly.
missmurchison 26th-Mar-2012 03:18 am (UTC)
I think it depends on the state. Iowa has a very strong law that allows students a lot of freedom of expression. I'm guessing that's not true in Georgia, where this incident occurred.
roseofjuly 26th-Mar-2012 05:01 am (UTC)
Definitely not true in Georgia. I went to high school there and worked on the literary magazine. The administration had control over what went into every student publication.
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