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district settles GSA case brought by gay students, ACLU

Georgia school
district settles GSA case brought by gay students, ACLU

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The White County, Ga., school district will set up an antibullying program at White County High School and pay $10,000 to a group of students, led by Advocate 2005 Person of the Year Kerry Pacer (pictured), who sued for the right to have a gay-straight alliance.

The White County, Ga., school district will set up an antibullying program at White County High School and pay $10,000 to a group of students who sued for the right to have a gay-straight alliance, the White CountyNews reported Tuesday.

The payment and antibullying program, which will also be established at White County's ninth-grade academy, is part of a settlement reached between the parties. The settlement will become official when all parties sign it, the News reported. The deal also includes the school district paying more $168,000 in court costs to the American Civil Liberties Union, which assisted the students in their legal efforts to form the alliance.

The lawsuit came about when students were denied the right to have a gay-straight alliance at White County High School. Gay student Kerry Pacer, The Advocate's 2005 Person of the Year, led the push for the group.

The school's principal refused to allow the alliance on the grounds that it was a noncurricular club, which is not allowed on campus. Pacer, who has since graduated from White County High, argued in a Gainesville, Fla., federal court in June that during her senior year she heard announcements about other noncurricular clubs on the school's public address system. ACLU attorneys backed Pacer's story and presented morning school bulletins as evidence. (The Advocate)

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