The district is in San Bernardino County, shown here in red.
[November 19, 2013, update: Lambda Legal has sued
the district on behalf of a lesbian teacher. The original March 19 post appears below.]
Unless they act quickly and decisively, officials in yet another school district may face a lawsuit from LGBT youth and their allies. And if they’re sued, the officials could easily lose.
According to a letter sent yesterday to the interim superintendent of Hesperia Unified School District in California
, the district faces potential legal action by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and the law firm of Nixon Peabody LLP on behalf of student members of a gay-straight alliance (GSA) at the district’s Sultana High School.
The letter from the ACLU and Nixon Peabody demands that the district commit to a series of corrective actions by March 25 to address anti-LGBT discrimination, harassment, and censorship at the high school. The letter also proposes some long-term measures.
While schools should always take demand letters like this seriously, a couple of factors should create a particular sense of urgency for school officials in this case. Click here or on ‘Read More’ to see the full post.