ACLU helping Polk students with gay-straight club
KATHLEEN - The American Civil Liberties Union will represent two students who have been unable to obtain permission to start a Gay-Straight Alliance at Kathleen High School in Polk County. The Lakeland Ledger reports that 17-year-old students Rory Teal and Brenna Pelland said they began asking in November for the school's principal to meet with them about starting the club — but say their requests have been put off. The ACLU says it's clearly illegal for schools to deny students the right to start this type of club. The ACLU sent a letter on Thursday to the Polk County School Superintendent and the district's lawyer. The letter spells out the failed attempts on the part of the students to get permission for their club.