Whenever I think of young people speaking up for what they believe, it is a real inspiration and their voices need to be heard. From high schools to college campuses, there is a fight going on, and these young people are growing in numbers and spreading their message across the country – we need to support them if not by donations (which is always good), but at least by a quick tweet or a reply on their blog to let them know we are championing their “cause”.
Principal Steve Madson of Hampton-Dumont High School received a demand letter from the law firm for Students for Life of America, charging that the Principal has unconstitutionally discriminated against Isabell Akers by denying her the right to form a Students for Life club at the school. After a long battle the Principal claimed that the Students for Life club is too “controversial”, forbidding the students from putting up posters or being included in the yearbook with other clubs by using the justification that the club doesn’t tie in with the school’s curriculum, but neither do most of the school’s other clubs at the school. This denial by the administrators constitutes a violation of the students’ rights under both the Federal Equal Access Act and the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Isabell stated “I wanted to spend my high school career educating my fellow students on the beauty of human life and providing resources to girls at my school, but instead I have been fighting for my First Amendment rights”.
Another voice to be reckoned with is Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America. “On the contrary, high school students have the right to form Students for Life clubs to educate and inform their peers on the tragedy of abortion and to help those facing unplanned, crisis pregnancies….”
Hampton-Dumont High School is not the only school that is discriminating against the freedom of our young people. Fargo North High School is another one. To read the complete story about both high schools, please click on:
If you know of a high school or college that wants to initiate a Students for Life Club, the link above will make it possible to have these students help in anyway they can by providing guidance and the necessary tools to start a local club for you.
The Upper Downriver Right to Life Group supports the Students for Life – will you?