In an effort to block the organization of a Gay-Straight Alliance [GSA] club, a Corpus Christi school district has decided to disband every single club at every single school in the district.
Everyone gets punished because of homophobia.
The Flour Bluff Intermediate School District’s move comes after one of its high schools gained national attention by blocking senior Bianca “Nikki” Peet’s request to start a GSA at Flour Bluff High School. But Flour Bluss ISD Superintendent, Julie Carbajal, said there is no chance the district will approve a proposed GSA, and then decided to cancel all extracurricular activites on school campuses. She did, however, give the student group, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the go ahead to meet off campus until they can determine if they are adhering to the 2005 school policy that only student groups tied to curricula are allowed.
By cancelling ever single club at every single school, the Flour Bluff Intermediate School District hopes to sidestep the Equal Access Act–a federal aw enacted in 1984 that requires schools receiving federal funding to offer “fair opportunities for students to form student-led extracurricular groups, regardless of their religious, political and philosophical leanings.” The Flour Bluff Intermediate School District maintains that they do not have to follow the Equal Access Law.
Paul Rodriguez, President of the Texas A&M Corpus Christi Gay Straight Alliance, said, of the Flour Bluff ISD decision yesterday: “What a sad, sad day in Corpus Christi. Hatred and intolerance prevails in Flour Bluff ISD. Rather than allowing the Gay-Straight Alliance to form at FBHS, Administrators have chosen the alternative route of dis-allowing ALL non-curricular clubs to meet on campus. Not only has this district turned its back on the students who could benefit from a GSA, but now has alienated the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and other non-curricular clubs on campus as well.”
Nice. Punish everyone so you can maintain your homophobia and bigotry and discrimination in a public school district.
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