TN School Refuses To Replace GLSEN's "LGBT Safe Space" Posters
Schools in Tennessee's Rutherford County are not safe spaces for gay students, according to the message the school district is sending after a month of refusing to replace GLSEN "LGBT Safe Space" posters it had taken down in August.
Calling the posters "political" and "sexual" (despite no mention of politics or sex anywhere on the posters), Rutherford County Board of Education held a forum on Wednesday night to appease critics like the ACLU who are outraged about the removal of the posters.
Though the Board of Education said it would continue to review the matter, it ultimately decided to keep a "safe space" for often bullied students banned from schools for now.
At least one parent attending the meeting supported the decision to keep the posters down.
“We have to treat all children from all aspects equally and fairly,” said Johnson, who spoke during the meeting in opposition of the poster. “By putting a special poster up for specific group in that area, you’re giving them special treatment regarding bullying.
“I felt like that’s not being honest and truthful for all students. The school policy is very clear, they don’t tolerate bullying toward any group.”