A high school in California has reversed its rejection of a Christian student club.
The Pacific Justice Institute said the dispute began when a student at Homestead High School in Cupertino, identified only as Jocelyn, attended a Fellowship of Christian Athletes leadership conference and decided she wanted a branch of the organization at her school.
“She and four fellow students submitted a video to the Associated Student Body, introducing their club and why they should be accepted as an official club,” Pacific Justice said.
“Their club’s purpose is to mirror their passion for sports with a passion for Christ. ASB organizes a variety of clubs that cover topics from science to chess, as well as the Muslim Student Association and the Gender-Sexuality Alliance,” Pacific Justice explained.
But the ASB rejected the application, saying the club would overlap with another one. The ASB said the video suggested the club was not “open to anyone,” it was “hard to lose the Christian focus” and the officers weren’t qualified.
PJI San Jose attorney Dennis Faigal promptly wrote on the club’s behalf to the superintendent of the Fremont Union High School District.
The solution came quickly.
Faigal asserted the denial of the club violates federal law and the ASB’s reasons are invalid.
The superintendent promised equal access for FCA.
He also said he was considering a district-wide training effort so a similar problem would not occur again.
“This case sparked a desire to implement district-wide training to schools on these legal issues,” Faigal explained. “Students and teachers will receive a clearer understanding of what decisions they should make to avoid future problems like this.”
Brad Dacus, president of PJI, said: “We applaud the school district and the high school for their steps to correct the ASB’s denial of this Christian club. And we commend Jocelyn for her courage to stand for her faith and for her conviction to spread the Gospel.”
Dacus said his organization has compiled a how-to book on reclaiming a school from far-left standards, a publication available for free download, called “Reclaim Your School.