Students are campaigning against a gay club that doesn’t even exist, claiming it will ‘push homosexuality’ on them
A group of students in Georgia are trying to ban a support group for gay people that doesn’t even exist yet.
The students – who clearly have nothing better to be doing – have launched a campaign opposing the formation of a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) at their school after two students decided they wanted to set one up.
Mason Rice, who is one of the students trying to set up the GSA at Fannin County High School, spoke to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about need for a GSA.
“I feel like it’s very important because this town – there’s a lot of people who don’t support gay people.
“I feel like if we had a support group to go to, that would be better for them.”
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His vision is of a group that is student-led and would provide a support network for LGBT+ students, as well as straight and cisgender allies.
But some students are not happy. One student has even gone so far as to start a petition to have the group banned before it even comes into existence.
The Change.org petition is titled: “Don’t Let Homosexuality Be Pushed on Students In Fannin County.”
Some students have even gone as far as saying they would drop out of school if this goes through.
The petition claims that anti-LGBT+ students are being “attacked” for their opinions.
“Some students have even gone as far as saying they would drop out of school if this goes through,” she wrote.
“By signing this you simply state that you do not agree with this club and stand for what you believe in. They won’t let us bring religion into the schools so why is it okay to bring this into schools?”
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Disappointingly, her petition has already been signed more than 1,200 times – although it is unclear how many of those signatories are actually pupils or past pupils of the school.
The school’s principal was forced to address the controversy in a letter home to parents.
However, Rice has also started his own Change.org petition calling for a Gay-Straight Alliance group – and he has received more than 2,600 signatures.
One parent called Stephanie Ensley told a local news station on Tuesday that she doesn’t believe there should be “any kind of sexual orientation clubs” at the school.
The controversy has boiled over to the extent that the school’s principal Erik Cioffi was forced to send a letter home to parents.
“Although some of the comments and conversations have been healthy and appropriate, there have also been several that are inappropriate and harmful to our student body,” Cioffi wrote.