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

    1. Michael Jones
    2. Petition by

      Michael Jones

      Boston, MA

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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    1. Parents Tell Arkansas School: Let Our Daughter Wear Gay T-Shirt

      Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Sommer Collins, a 15-year-old ninth grader in the Forth Smith School District in Arkansas, went to school wearing a rainbow bracelet one day. A teacher caught wind of the bracelet, called it offensive, and made Sommer take the bracelet off.
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    2. Arkansas Ninth Grader Suspended for Wearing a Gay T-Shirt

      Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Ninth grade, for me, was the time where I was introduced to advanced algebra, Romeo & Juliet, and my first German class. Kind of a crazy year, but altogether pretty harmless. Too bad that's not the case for Arkansas 15-year-old Sommer Collins....

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