Advocates for homosexuality and clubs that introduce school children to the lifestyle say they may challenge a new rule at a South Carolina school that requires parental permission for children who want to join a sex club.
The dispute is developing now at Irmo High School which is the same school where WND reported earlier Principal Eddie Walker was resigning because of the implementation of a “Gay/Straight Alliance” club for students.
Walker wrote: “The formation of this club conflicts with my professional beliefs in that we do not have other clubs at Irmo High School based on sexual orientation, sexual preference, or sexual activity.”
Now a report from WIST-Television says school board members, faced with a federal requirement to either ban all student organizations or allow all of them, have approved a rule that will require parental permission for students to be in any of the non-academic clubs.
“I have a right to know what my child is up to and what they are interested in,” one parent told the board at a recent meeting.
But advocates for homosexuality said they may challenge the rule.
“Passing a policy which has never been necessary in the past at this point is because of the GSA,” spokesman Ray Drew of South Carolina Equality told the station. “We look at this as a way to circumvent federal law.”
“My group is already training students, teachers, parents and administrators at Irmo High School for what they should be looking for next year. Anything out of compliance with federal law, we are going to be watching everything,” he said.
The issue involves student-initiated clubs. Such organizations are approved by the school at the start of the school year.
Walker said his decision was prompted by the demand from a student – unidentified by school officials – to set up a club to promote homosexual lifestyle choices to students.
“Allowing the formation of this club on our campus conflicts with my professional beliefs and religious convictions. I considered resigning this year but reconsidered because to not fulfill my written contract for the 2008-2009 school year would also conflict with my professional beliefs and religious convictions,” he wrote.
“I feel the formation of a Gay/Straight Alliance Club at Irmo High school implies that students joining the club will have chosen to or will choose to engage in sexual activity with members of the same sex, opposite sex or members of both sexes.”
“My decision to resign is a personal choice based on my professional beliefs and religious convictions. I have prayed about this decision for a period of time, and I have a peace about it. I would ask that you respect my choice as I respect your choice to disagree with me on this issue,” he wrote.
The board’s response to the demand for the club was to create a procedure requiring parental approval for a student’s participation in any non-curriculum club.
Some parents already have decided, too.
“I can make the decision. Not the Gay/Straight Alliance … I don’t want any organization to sway my child one way or the other,” said one parent.
School spokesman Buddy Price said district attorneys advised the school that because there were other non-curricular clubs, “the federal law known as the Equal Access Act does not permit the school to discriminate against a club based on the club’s purpose.”
WND has reported extensively on the nationwide campaign by homosexual clubs to inject homosexuality into public schools.
Such clubs typically are cited as the sponsors of the annual “Day of Silence” promotional event for homosexuality.
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