You know what that means: it's that time of year again when headlines are consumed with unfortunate stories of high schools and their anti-gay prom issues. The first big gay prom story of the year involves a straight student who just wanted to make his school's event more inclusive. Details and a new video interview with the ex-student body president follow.
As president of the Alpharetta High School student body in Georgia, Reuben Lack hoped to do his job by making life better for all his fellow students. So, at a January 12 student council meeting, Lack proposed the school change its "Prom King & Queen" to simply the Prom Court in an effort to include LGBT students in the tradition. The request was met with hostility.
“Before there could be a formal vote, the adviser shut the discussion down,” James Radford, an attorney now representing Lack in a first amendment lawsuit, said.
Two weeks later Lack reintroduced the proposal "out of defiance," according to Lack, but was met with similar resistance.
“A week after that, he is called into a meeting with the two faculty advisers for student council, and they inform him, ‘We’re sorry, but you are no longer president of the student council,” Radford added. “It was that abrupt.”
Radford says that Lack and his family attempted to work out the issue with the school unsuccessfully before hiring his services.