GSAs serve an important role for LGBTQ students and their allies; providing them with a safe space to discuss issues and get the support that they need, as they are often faced with discrimination and bullying at the hands of their peers. The Secretary for Education to schools has stepped forward and stated that schools are to allow GSA's to form, and any attempts by the Monroe County School System to block these students from forming their GSA need to addressed. This petition will also serve to assure any teacher willing to step forward and sponsor the group that he or she is supported.
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As this issue develops we'll post additional details, at this point it appears the the main issue is that the students are unable to find a sponsor.
I call on Director Mike Lowry to explore ways to promote the safety of all students at Sequoyah High School who are bullied because of their real or perceived sexual orientation. In addition to creating Gay-Straight Alliances, there are other constructive ways for schools to engage students and teachers on the subject of harassment and bullying of students perceived to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. I encourage you to explore and utilize the educator resources offered by GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network) to create a safe and supportive environment for all students at Sequoyah High School.