School lifts ban on clubs after questions over LGBT group

Lake Lure Classical Academy Derek de Koff

LAKE LURE, N.C. — The board of directors of a Rutherford County public charter school has reversed its ban on student-led clubs, two weeks after complaints about a newly formed Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender group.

A news release from the American Civil Liberties Union said the board of Lake Lure Classical Academy voted Monday to establish a new policy requiring K-8 students, but not high school students, to get parental consent to join clubs.

School officials didn’t immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

The Daily Courier of Forest City reported at the time that parents, teachers, pastors and concerned citizens voiced a mix of opinions to the club during the school’s regular board meeting on Nov. 12. The board voted 5-3 to suspend all club activity until it could seek legal counsel.

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