Students participating in a pro-life club held their first official event of 2020 on Monday afternoon, after their high school initially refused to recognize it as an official club because it was deemed too “controversial.”
In November, Alliance Defending Freedom sent a letter on behalf of a student to officials with Collier County Public Schools and Gulf Coast High School over the school’s decision. The letter explained that the refusal to recognize Sharks 4 Life, which would be an independent student group affiliated with the national Students for Life organization, was clearly unconstitutional and violated the federal Equal Access Act. The school has since relented, certified the club’s faculty adviser, and acknowledged the club’s official status.
“The First Amendment protects every student’s freedom of speech and expression,” said ADF Legal Counsel Michael Ross. “Public school officials also can’t play favorites when approving student organizations or refuse to recognize a student organization for being too ‘political’ or ‘controversial,’ especially when they have rightfully approved a whole host of other clubs formed around religious, political, and social interests. We’re grateful that Gulf Coast High School acknowledged our client’s constitutionally protected rights, has chosen to recognize Sharks 4 Life as an official club, and affirms that students have the right to express their beliefs about the immense value of every human life.”
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SOURCE: Charisma News