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NM school district restricts club meetings after gay-straight alliance formed

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Clovis, N.M. school board on Tuesday voted unanimously to end all non-curricular clubs from meeting during school hours after a gay-straight alliance applied to become a club.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Mexico accused the district of changing its policy to stop the formation of the alliance at Clovis High School, but school officials said the timing of its decision was a coincidence, and that its policy was already under review.

“This sort of tactic has been used in the past by school districts to discourage gay-straight clubs from forming,” Micah McCoy, communications specialist for ACLU of New Mexico, said on Wednesday. “A lot of alarm bells went off when we saw this.”

Superintendent Terry Myers called the allegations “unfair.”

Non-curricular clubs, such as the gay-straight alliance, will now have to meet before or after school, while clubs deemed to be curricular can still meet during school hours. The non-curricular clubs will also be prohibited from using the school’s public announcement system to communicate with students.

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22 more reader comments:

  1. >_> Ugh. Such idiots, seriously. Why do religious preferences or “ick factors” get such a huge say in decisions like this? It sickens me.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 8:56pm
  2. Timing of its decision was a coincidence? I smell bullshit.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 8:58pm
  3. Yeah…..the timing is impeccable.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 8:59pm
  4. I tip my finger to the state of New Mexico.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 8:59pm
  5. Human rights do not stop once a student enters the doors of their school.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 9:02pm
  6. a coincidence??? What bullshit. They’re homophobes and too cowardly to admit it.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 9:08pm
  7. TIRED OF THE UNEDUCATED IGNORANT CRAZINESS!! ALL ARE EQUAL UNDER THE LAW!!

    Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 9:11pm
  8. and the moon is made of cheese!

    Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 9:15pm
  9. This has just got too much. I actually don’t understand. I don’t understand at all. This kind of thinking is just totally and fundamentally alien to me.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 9:16pm
  10. bullshit

    Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 9:21pm
  11. I CALL BULLSHIT AND FUCKIN HOMOPHOBES!

    Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 9:21pm
  12. What a crock!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 9:27pm
  13. Fucking breeders!

    Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 9:33pm
  14. As a resident of New Mexico, I am not suprised. A high school tried to do this in the town where I live, and the ACLU intervened, which allowed the club( which had like 10 members) to continue.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 9:37pm
  15. Shallow idiotic uncaring airheads.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 10:39pm
  16. I’m gonna call bullshit on this one… >_>

    Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 10:41pm
  17. Yeah right, coincidence.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 11:33pm
  18. Power mongers

    Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 2:16am
  19. Oh, yea, we believe that, school administrators. How about growing up and getting that head surgically removed from your ass?

    Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 5:26am
  20. I’m sadly disappointed in the state I grew up in. I wonder how they’re gonna feel when they realize a bunch of queer service members are stationed at the AF base there (after DADT is officially over)? These morons need to get a life.

    Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 6:45am
  21. I think that I’ll just ah… leave this here… (Nothing illegal or overly harassing, please)

    Terry Myers, Superintendent
    1009 Main St.
    Clovis, NM 88102-9000
    Phone: 575-769-4300
    Email: terry.myers@clovis-schools.org

    Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 8:39am
  22. I think that I’ll just ah… leave this here. I just sent a firm but very respectful letter.

    Ph: 575-769-4300
    Email: terry.myers@clovis-schools.org
    Terry Myers, Superintendent
    1009 Main St.
    Clovis, NM 88102-9000

    Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 9:01am