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Settlement allows EACS students to use gay-straight alliance name

January 18, 2019

East Allen County Schools and the American Civil Liberties Union have settled a federal lawsuit alleging the district unfairly put limits on a student-run group for LGBTQ students and their allies at Leo High School.

The limits included insisting the Leo Pride Alliance not use GSA, or gay-straight alliance, in its name and requiring organizers to send a list of all club members to all faculty. The ACLU argued the actions violated students’ rights to free speech.

EACS denied the allegations, but agreed to allow the group to change its name to Leo GSA, according to a statement from the ACLU.

“The student led Gay Straight Alliance group at Leo High School must be treated in the same manner that all other student groups are treated,” the ACLU said in an afternoon news release. “We are pleased that East Allen County Schools agreed to the equal treatment of the group, relieving these students of any unwarranted burdens.”

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