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Lake County school leaders uphold gay-straight alliance club policy

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Updated: 8/13/2013 2:06 pm
LAKE COUNTY, Fla. (WFTV) -- Furious parents and students protested ahead of Monday's Lake County school board meeting.

One group was upset over the cancellation of courtesy busing while another fought for a gay-straight alliance club in middle schools.

In a 3-1 vote, school board leaders upheld the school club policy they originally approved last May. Those rules allow the Gay Straight Alliance and other non-academic or athletic organizations only in high schools and only with parent permission.

The school board decision Monday night came as a heartbreaking blow to advocates like former Carver Middle School student Bayli Silberstein.

Supporters went before the board hoping to have it allowed in middle schools, too.

"I don't understand how they can sit through all of those heartbreaking stories of bullying and harassment and still not do anything about it. I don't get that," Silberstein said.

Dozens of students and parents came out to support the club but only one person spoke out against it.

"Some people still (believe) in the Bible. The Bible states Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve," said the unidentified woman.

The ACLU also turned out Monday night and vowed its legal fight with the district, which has already cost taxpayers $20,000, isn't done.

Silberstein, who will be attending Leesburg High School in the fall, says she's not giving up either.

"It isn't over. It isn't over," Silberstein said.

Parents are also upset after learning the district cut courtesy busing for students who live within 2 miles of their schools. The change affects 4,000 children and will save the district $650,000.

The busing issue was not on the meeting's agenda, but dozens of parents showed up to protest anyway.


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Truthseeker - 8/14/2013 4:45 AM
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Contrary to what the media and the Liberals like to preach, homosexuality IS NOT NORMAL. Whether a person can control their sexual orientation is another discussion, but it certainly isn't normal anymore than it is to be a pedophile. Should we have school clubs for people, no matter what perversion or lifestyle they may embrace? I'll bet the school system and government wouldn't be quite as accomodating to a club that was established for heterosexual Christians.
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