Girl Pushes Back Against School that Forbids Her Starting Pro-Life Club – A Second One is Following Close Behind
I love to see the courage of young people, who won’t be bullied by the beast system of a tyrannical education system. Angelique Clark is one that is fighting back with a lawsuit against her high school that forbid her to start a pro-life club.
The school claimed a pro-life club would be “too controversial,” as if some of the very statist things they teach there are not controversial. However, Clark, a junior at West Career and Technical Academy in Nevada and proposed president of the club, has been engaged for a couple of years now in an attempt to form Students for Life. Yet, each time she attempted to do so, school officials stepped in her way, trampling upon her rights of assembly and free speech protected under the First Amendment.
“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.”
Enter the Thomas More Society. They filed a lawsuit on behalf of Clark through her parents, Claire Trebaol-Clark and Michael Clark, against the Clark County School District; Pat Skorkowsky, Superintendent; West Career and Technical Academy; Amy Dockter-Rozar, Principal; and Allen Yee, Assistant Principal. The lawsuit states the Clark “was denied the right to start a pro-life club at her school, simply by virtue of the content of the club’s expression” and that “The actions of Defendants Clark County School District (“CCSD”), WCTA, and their agents in denying Plaintiff’s application to form a student-initiated, student-led pro-life club at WCTA is content-based discrimination that violates the federal Equal Access Act, 20 U.S.C. §§ 4071 et seq. (“EAA”), and the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.”
“We are proud of Angelique for not allowing her school administrators to trample her free speech rights,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America. “She is determined to be a voice for the preborn and their mothers, even though she’s been faced with so much resistance,” stated Hawkins, adding, “We are thankful for our attorneys at the Thomas More Society who are standing up for Angelique’s right to form a Students for Life club.”
Casey Harper reported that a spokeswoman for the school district said that they have not been served and would not comment on the issue since it is pending litigation.
The Thomas More Society had previously issued a letter on behalf of Isabell Akers, a junior at Hampton-Dumont High School in Hampton, Iowa back on April 16th of 2015, claiming that she was being silenced politically for wanting to start the same kind of club at her school. Citing numerous other clubs the school allows to be formed, attorneys at Thomas More claimed that to deny Akers the opportunity to form the club was a violation of not only the First Amendment, but also the Federal Equal Access Act (EAA).
“Under the EAA, it is ‘unlawful for any public secondary school which receives Federal financial assistance… to deny equal access or a fair opportunity to, or discriminate against, any students who wish to conduct a meeting… on the bases of the religious, political, philosophical, or other content of the speech at such meetings,'” the Society wrote.
The letter called for a response by April 30 of this year.
One can imagine that is this is not sorted out in Iowa, that they will be facing the same type of lawsuit from Thomas More and Isabell Akers.
May God give us more of these young people who will stand up to tyranny, but furthermore, may He give us parents who will not feed their children to the beast system, but instead choose to remove them from the system and follow the command of God in teaching their own children. For more on starting on that journey for free, click here.