Gay-Straight Alliance

ROCKTON, Wis. (AP) -- Community members in Rockton will get a chance tonight to weigh in on a proposed Gay-Straight Alliance at a local high school.

At last week's meeting, Hononegah High School teacher Cathy Aubrecht said she requested the organization because a student approached her about it.

The district's lawyer told that crowd of about 50 there's a strong legal precedent favoring gay-straight alliances. But some citizens who spoke afterward asked the district committee to deny the request.

After citizens express their opinions tonight, the district's co-curricular committee is expected to discuss the issue and make a recommendation to the full board.

Some parents have suggested the district appoint an adviser trained to handle issues an alliance may bring up.

Other parents have said high school students are too young to understand their sexuality, so the topic should be discussed at home.

Should a School district have the ability to deny the formation of a club based on sexual orientation?

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  • by Jordan Location: Roscoe on Aug 2, 2007 at 08:19 PM
    Peter, what you "believe" is regardless. The majority of students in support (and I was actually there, were you?) were straight, and I would know that considering I go to the school. And Nathan, great point to refute his sexual orientation complain.
  • by Peter Wycklendt Location: South Beloit on Jul 30, 2007 at 09:30 PM
    I am going to be a senoir at hononegah and i believe that this club is absolutely inappropriate, not enough students will support this club. i think the vast majority of students who join this club will be homosexuals as they continue to try to gain acceptance in society. If students want a club like this i think that they should do it outside of school. i believe a place of education is not the same place for a club based on sexual orientation.
  • by Nathan Location: Texas on Jul 30, 2007 at 07:50 PM
    Sexuality is the second "layer" of a person's identity, underneath only their "sexual identity" of being male/female. To suggest that people are too young to realize or recognize their different sexuality is ridiculous and essentially sticking your head in the mud. The gay-straight alliance would help these people to "understand" their sexuality if that is indeed the concern. Many teens do not have an outlet to cope with this difficult issue, and this would be definitely have the potential to be an educational experience. People attack what they do not understand, and it is extremely traumatic for a young person to try and deal with their sexual orientation while being persecuted. Ironically this is evident in the attempt alone to destroy the outlet for coping with the type of persecution -- most likely by the persecutors.
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