LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A conservative legal group contends a Clark County student’s First Amendment rights were violated when her school rejected her request to start a pro-life club.
Angelique Clark wanted to start an anti-abortion group at West Career and Technical Academy in December, but she was turned down after the principal said her club would “exclude other students who aren’t against abortion,” KLAS reports.
In a letter from the Thomas More Society, more details are emerging and shedding light on the school’s reaction to the proposal to create WCTA Students for Life.
On February 26, Clark met with assistant principal Allen Yee, and according to the Thomas More Society, he gave the following reasons for the rejection decision:
* The name was not inclusive enough–it would make people on campus with the opposite view feel left out and look bad for the school in the media.
* Permitting a pro-life club would cause negative media coverage of the school for “supporting” the pro-life movement.
* There are “far more qualified” people who know more about abortion than a sophomore in high school.
* The topic of abortion is controversial.
* Public schools are “different” when it comes to First Amendment rights to speak and assemble.
Clark contends she received the run-around from administrators for weeks after the rejection. Despite their meeting, Yee told her he wasn’t the person to decide on club applications.
E-mails to other school leaders were ignored, she says.
“It was very frustrating,” Clark tells the news station. “I was very disappointed because I really wanted to have this club. But, I was determined to continue to fight for it because I knew that it was my right to have it.”
Her group was to be affiliated with Students for Life of America.
“To tell a 16-year-old that she can’t talk about abortion is really insulting,” says Emily Wilkinson of that group.
It’s clear Clark isn’t backing down anytime soon.
“Suing is an option, but it’s something that will be done as a last resort after a demand letter was issued.
“It’s all depending on the administration’s acceptance.”