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Petitioning Chambersburg Area School District Joe Tosten and 5 others

Chambersburg Area School District: Allow a Gay-Straight Alliance to form at CASHS

I went through 3 years of being denied starting a Gay-Straight Alliance at Chambersburg Area Senior High School when I was in attendance. A brave group of students and faculty fought to get a Gay-Straight Alliance implemented this year, but were denied by the board last month.

It's important for students to have support systems they might otherwise lack. Bullying has been an issue at the school even before I went there. It led to me being called "fag" or "faggot" or some variation of that every day. One year I was unable to dress in the boys locker room because it was a "solution" for the intense bullying I endured one day after gym class. The bullying escalated to the point of contributing to suicidal ideation my senior year. This club is crucial for the students.

Letter to
Chambersburg Area School District Joe Tosten
Chambersburg Area School District Stanley Helman
Chambersburg Area School District Carl Barton
and 3 others
Chambersburg Area School District Norman Blowers
Chambersburg Area School District Fred Rice
CASD Superintendent Joe Padasak
I strongly urge you to change your vote (or lack of action) on allowing a Gay-Straight Alliance to form in CASHS (Chambersburg Area Senior High School). This club provides a much needed environment for students to network and create extremely crucial support systems they may otherwise lack. Bullying in this school goes unreported due to a fear of retribution. Incidents that are reported are poorly handled by faculty and staff of the Chambersburg Area School District. Students who identify as LGBTQ are 2 to 3 times more likely to be bullied in school, and 4 times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual counterparts. 9 out of 10 students that identify as LGBTQ report being harassed at school. (source:

Please change your stance and reevaluate what is best for the students, and your school district as a whole.

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