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Celina High School Student Petitions for Gay-Straight Alliance UPDATED

Remember that group of students at Celina High School who were told by school administrators they could not wear their homemade pro-gay T-shirts to school because they are disruptive? Well one of them, 16-year-old Erick Warner, has created a petition on Change.org, hoping enough signatures will convince school officials to let him start a Gay-Straight [...]

ACLU says Celina High School’s Censorship of Pro-Gay T-Shirts is Unconstitutional

Earlier this week, 20 students at Celina High School were told to remove T-shirts featuring a pro-gay design. The students say they were initially told they can’t wear the T-shirts because they contain a political message, though the school’s superintendent, Jesse Steiner, later said students were asked to remove their T-shirts because they were disruptive. Celina [...]

Are Schoolyard Bullies As Big A Problem As Some People Think?

Ohio is on high alert against bullying. State lawmakers recently approved new anti-bullying laws. Schools are launching intensive lessons about why bullying is bad. And after a “vicious bullying attack” on an openly gay Ohio student was caught on video, school districts faced national pressure to better protect gay teens. As illustration of the rising anti-bullying tide, [...]

School Agrees To Let Student Wear “Jesus Is Not a Homophobe” T-Shirt To School

A southwestern Ohio school district has partially reversed its decision banning a student from wearing his “Jesus Is Not a Homophobe” t-shirt to school. The decision comes one day after the student and his mother sued the school. Maverick Couch, a student at Waynesville High School, had worn the t-shirt to school last April on [...]

Ohio Student Files Suit Over Forced Removal of “Jesus Is Not a Homophobe” T-Shirt

A student at a small-town, southwestern Ohio high school has filed a federal lawsuit claiming his school’s principal violated his First Amendment rights by refusing to allow him to wear a “Jesus Is Not A Homophobe” t-shirt. Sixteen-year old Maverick Couch and his mother Tonya Couch filed the suit Tuesday against the Wayne Local school district and Waynesville [...]

Student Who Beat Up Gay Classmate Sentenced to 90 Days

The Union-Scioto teen who beat up a gay classmate was sentenced to 90 days in a juvenile detention center earlier this month. Initially, the 15-year-old was given a three-day suspension by the school. But after cell phone footage went viral on the web and raised international attention, the boy was formally charged with and admitted to [...]

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