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Teen GSA Supporters Clash With Adult Opponents Outside School Board Meeting

by Rob Smith March 15, 2016

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What started as an attempt to bring a gay-straight alliance to a small Tennessee high school has gotten messier and messier, and last night tensions were at a high.

The Franklin County School Board met to propose strict new regulations affecting all extracurricular clubs, which will be voted on in April. The scene outside the meeting brought teenage proponents of the GSA face to face with adult protesters who carried signs with lovely statements like “DANGER: SIN KILLS”, and wearing shirts that said “LGBT: Letting Go Of Biblical Truths.”

The New Civil Rights Movement has more on the new rules:

In addition to parental consent before joining clubs, the proposed new rules would require all student organizations to keep membership rolls, attendance logs and minutes of their meetings. In addition, non-curricular clubs would be barred from “solicitation for membership,” an apparent response to fears that the GSA will be used to recruit children, and required to obtain approval from the administration before having visitors.

Only one board member, Adam Tucker, objected to some of the requirements, saying he believes they’re designed to target the GSA, which first met in January.

“Prior to January, there was never any discussion by this board, or to my knowledge, discussion among any administrative employees, about seeking approval from parents before children participate in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes or P7,” Tucker said, referring to two non-curricular clubs for Christian students. “It’s a double standard.”

There’s clearly a double-standard, and the adults who decided that protesting against gay teenagers is an effective use of their time should definitely be ashamed of themselves.

Watch the infuriating video below:




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