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Tell Arkansas School: Gay-Supportive T-Shirts Don't Merit Suspending Students

Sommer Collins, a 15-year-old student in the Fort Smith School District in Arkansas, was suspended by her school for wearing a gay-supportive T-shirt. A simple white T-shirt, with the words, "Support homosexual love," and "Proud to be lesbian," was all it took for the school district to remove this student from class. They said she was disrupting education.

But what really disrupts education is telling a student that she deserves punishment for wearing something gay-supportive. It sends the message that it's appropriate to treat LGBT students differently, and that there's something wrong with showing support for gay rights. That's unacceptable.

Demand that the Fort Smith School District apologize to Sommer Collins for the suspension. No student should be told that they can't attend classes because they support gay rights, or because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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