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Tennessee School District Backs Off Censorship Of Students’ LGBT Slogans

In response to a letter from the Southern Poverty Law Center, school officials in Savannah, Tennessee have acknowledged students’ rights to display pro-LGBT signs and slogans on their clothing while at school. The decision comes in the wake of an incident where several Hardin County High School students were told by an assistant principal that they could not wear symbols like a rainbow flag because they “promoted” and “advertised” sex. Students were also threatened with suspension, class failure, and disqualification from graduation if they refused to end their Week of Pride in support of LGBT students. According to the SPLC, district officials have now rightfully affirmed that the rainbow flag and slogans like “Gay Pride” are not vulgar or sexually explicit and do not violate school board policy.

Steven Perlberg

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