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Tennessee School Allows Students to Wear Gay-Supportive T-Shirts Following Assault of Student by Principal

Earlier this month I posted about the harassment and assault of Chris Sigler by his principal at Sequoyah High School over the fact that Sigler was wearing a T-shirt supporting a Gay-Straight Alliance. The formation of the GSA has been an ongoing battle at Sequoyah.

SequoyahToday, the ACLU reports that students will now be allowed to wear the T-shirts:

The Monroe County Board of Education agreed yesterday to allow students to wear T-shirts in support of the formation of a gay-straight alliance (GSA) at the school. The board will also review its dress code to ensure that students’ rights to free speech are protected. The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Tennessee demanded that the board revise its policies after Sequoyah High School student Chris Sigler was reportedly harassed by students and staff for wearing a T-shirt supporting a GSA...

...“While it’s encouraging that the school district has vowed to review its dress code, Sequoyah High School still lacks a safe place where LGBT students and their peers can gather to support each other,” said Amanda Goad, staff attorney with the ACLU LGBT Project. “The events of the last few weeks show that the need for a GSA is greater than ever, and that the school needs to take seriously its obligation to protect all students from harassment and bullying.”

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  1. Let's keep the ball rolling, shall we? You can contact the principal of Sequoyah High School in Madisonville, Tennessee by PHONE: (423) 442-9230 or FAX: (423) 442-5520 and encourage the support and protection of LGBT students in the schools. (Again, if anyone can find an email address please post it.) As a world-wide community we can make a difference.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Oct 20, 2011 11:17:31 AM

  2. A small step, but a step nonetheless. As a Tennessean, I see this as progress!

    Posted by: Tom | Oct 20, 2011 11:23:20 AM

  3. Okay. Good; but what happened to the principal who assaulted the student?

    Posted by: Ricco | Oct 20, 2011 11:30:52 AM

  4. Shouldn't this say instead that the school finally agreed to abide by the Constitution.

    The use of the word "allow" seems to imply that the school had a choice, and was merely being kind in "allowing" the kid to wear the shirt.

    Someone doesn't "allow" me to have my constitutional rights. The US Constitution says that I have these rights. The school board has no legal right to pick and choose which rights are mine.

    BTW -- shouldn't that school system and its principal especially be legally sanctioned for assault?

    Posted by: Continuum | Oct 20, 2011 11:31:52 AM

  5. Okay...yeh yeh...the tshirts. Whatever.

    Is the dude fired for assaulting a student????????????

    I mean great they can wear a Tshirt but what's happening to the guy?

    Posted by: Rin | Oct 20, 2011 11:57:39 AM

  6. As of 5 minutes ago, the high school website makes no mention of this change in policy or their agreement to the ACLU demands.

    Curiously, the student dress code forbids vulgar t-shirts, but strangely enough forbids any mention of Malcolm-X. I wonder how that prohibition is legal. To many black students and adults, Malcolm-X represented a movement for equality just as much as MLK.

    Here's the link to their current online dress code.

    Posted by: Continuum | Oct 20, 2011 1:11:28 PM

  7. How is it that the principal hasn't been fired?

    Posted by: dh | Oct 20, 2011 2:34:51 PM

  8. "...Rebel Flags, Malcolm X, Marilyn Manson, etc."

    This is just the most random list of barred t-shirt designs. The "etc" is hilarious.

    Posted by: rafi | Oct 20, 2011 5:40:55 PM

  9. Here's Principal Maurice Moser's e-mail address:

    The link to the school's page:

    Posted by: Superman | Oct 21, 2011 2:52:46 AM

  10. Well Welcome to the 21st Century Tennessee! I still hope you are sued into the ground by your own bigotry and ignorance!

    Posted by: mmike1969 | Oct 21, 2011 3:20:00 PM

  11. Even though they many still try to hide, homosexual students continue to be battered and reviled by students of all colours. Sometimes, they are also abused by teachers and administrators, as well as school bus drivers, cafeteria workers, and janitors. Even with the progress that has been made, the newfound enlightenment, today the suicide rate amongst homosexual teenagers is still three times higher than that of heterosexual teens.

    There is a mind-bogglingly long list of ‘anti-gay’ violence throughout the world, and throughout history, dating back as far as the year 342 AD. Today there are 93 countries that still legally punish homosexuality. In Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Sudan, Nigeria, and Mauritania the punishment is death. Go to and read more; I guarantee that you will be utterly dumbfounded. Incontrovertibly, homosexuals have their very own brand of Jim Crow and KKK, and have had for many centuries.

    To read more truth and common-sense from L Streeter ... Google "expatmusing.blogspot"

    Posted by: L Streeter | Oct 23, 2011 7:46:06 PM

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