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Court of Appeals rules in favor of gay middle schoolers

Students at a middle school in Florida won the right to create an alliance of gay and straight students and use their school's facilities to meet.

On Tuesday, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta ruled in favor of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, which had appealed a lower court's decision that sided with Carver Middle School to deny club members official recognition and the right to use the school's facilities like the rest of the school's extra-curricular clubs did.

According to the Associated Press, back in 2013, a group of students who were enrolled at that time at Leesburg's Carver Middle School filed a lawsuit against the Lake County School Board. The lawsuit was the second piece of litigation filed that sought parity for these students.

In an interview in 2013 with the Orlando Sentinel, one of the students said that she wanted the alliance to combat the out-of-control discrimination toward lesbian and gay students at Carver.

Clearly, this is a victory in a conservative state for students who quite often find themselves bullied, harassed and victimized due to their sexual orientation.

If you are the parent of a gay, lesbian or transgender student who has been subjected to bullying or harassment, you are your child's best advocate to the teacher, the principal and the school board. However, sometimes a parent's intervention is insufficient to halt the abusive bullying that can become so intolerable that students become suicidal.

The law is on your side. Reach out to an experienced education attorney to take the necessary legal actions to end the bullying today.

Source: Towleroad, "11th Circuit Rules Florida Middle School Students Have Right to Create Gay-Straight Alliance," Sean Mandell, Dec. 06, 2016

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