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.”