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ACLU Defends GSA from School Blocking Web Content

April 11, 2011
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The ACLU came to the defense of the Wayne County High School GSA today, issuing a letter telling the school that blocking educational information on the internet about LGBTs violates students constitutional rights. Of course the school believes this is unwarranted, but oddly, no other school group has material blocked.


Detroit— The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan said today they have sent a letter to a Wayne County high school demanding that officials stop censoring Internet content geared toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.

A letter was sent to school officials at John Glenn High School in the Wayne-Westland Community Schools after a student complained that he couldn’t access a website to get activity ideas for the school’s gay-straight alliance club.

“…When I tried to go to GSANetwork.org to get ideas for club activities, I found it’s blocked for being ‘gay or lesbian or bisexual interest,'” Brandon Bleau, an 18-year-old senior at the high school, said in a statement today.”None of the other clubs I know of at school have these kinds of roadblocks thrown in their way when they’re trying to plan meaningful things for their clubs to do.”

Using Internet filtering tools to censor sites that promote the fair treatment of the LGBT community violates First Amendment free-speech rights and the federal Equal Access Act, ACLU officials said.


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