Millcreek Township School District Superintendent Responds to Flyer Controversy
Millcreek Township School District's Superintendent has responded to the controversy surrounding a GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) Spirit Week flyer.
The flyer has been posted throughout McDowell High School.
The flyer encourages students to dress according to what day it is. Monday was Rainbow Day: Dress in the colors of the rainbow flag.
Thursday, Dress in Drag day is causing the most controversy online, promoting the Millcreek Township School District (MTSD) to release a statement.
"We are aware of a student flyer that has recently raised concerns," said MTSD. "This flyer was created by a student-led organization at our high school called GSA. Participation is only being encouraged by the student group and is solely the choice of our students whether they participate in the student organization's event or not."
The school district went on to say that because GSA is a student-led organization, its existence and approved activities are covered under the Equal Access Act of 1984.
The Act ensures that all students have equal access to the formation of non-curricular groups. Additionally, the Act allows them to have the same access as any other groups, like student government or dance.
"Based on this Act and other Supreme Court decisions and precedents, such as the 1969 case of Tinker v. Des Moines Independent School District, students are allowed the freedom of expression as long as such freedoms are not infringing on the rights of other students or creating an unsafe environment at the school," said MTSD. "In this instance, we remain committed to ensuring an inclusive learning environment here at Millcreek Township School District, and the GSA students are allowed to enjoy these actives during their planned spirit week.
A copy of the flyer can be found above. Millcreek Township School District's full statement can be read below.