A Nevada girl is calling out her high school after it banned her pro-life club while allowing other clubs to remain on campus — including the gay-straight alliance.
Junior Angelique Clark spoke with the Daily Caller News Foundation in an interview, calling her school “unfair” for the double standard:
I think it’s unfair mostly because the administration thinks it’s up to their opinion. Because they don’t like the idea of a pro-life club, you can’t have it. It’s not up to the principal or the vice principal to say ‘I personally agree with you or don’t agree with you so you can’t have this club.’ I think it’s unfair because they obviously didn’t have that bias against the other clubs.
Clark told TheDCNF that her school, the West Career and Technical Academy, has a gay-straight alliance club, chess club, anime club, and even a Bible club, but won’t allow her pro-life club. She says there are about 25 people who are ready want to join.
When Clark requested to start the club in December of 2014, she says the school administrators dragged their feet.
When she finally got a meeting with the administration, the vice principal told her she couldn’t have the club because it was too “controversial”and that people would feel left out. She was also told that others were “more qualified” than her to speak on the subject.
Clark, who has only a few days left in her summer vacation, has teamed up with the Thomas More Society in filing a lawsuit against the school and the district. She told TheDCNF that a lawsuit was her last resort.
“When I first applied to form a pro-life club, I never imagined I would have to sue my school to be able to exercise my free speech rights,” Clark , said in a statement. “My fellow pro-life students and I simply want to make our voices heard and to educate other students on a topic that’s important to us – choosing life. We hope for a quick resolution that allows us to get the West Career and Technical Academy Pro-Life Club up and running as soon as possible.”
The Clark County School District told TheDCNF they do not comment on pending litigation.
This report, by Casey Harper, was cross-posted by arrangement with the Daily Caller News Foundation.