|MCHS Principal Addresses Concerns About Controversial Club|
|Written by Jessie Williams|
|Tuesday, September 17, 2013|
Macon County High School Principal Stephanie Meador addressed Macon County Board of Education members during their regular meeting on Thursday, September 12, speaking about a controversial new club called the GSA, or ‘Gay-Straight Alliance,’ rumored to be forming at MCHS.
According to Meador, a student recently requested information on the process for forming a student club.
“It was only last week that I was able to bring this student into my office and share with the student the process – the same process I share with every student who would have such a request,” she stated. “The first step is there must be a faculty sponsor for that club, the second thing would be that the faculty sponsor would come to meet with me and we would sit down and discuss the club, meetings, etc. At that point the students would be able to meet and conduct their meetings in whatever way they saw fit.”
Principal Meador went on to explain what the student hoped to promote by forming the GSA.
“According to the student, the intent and purpose was not to promote any type of lifestyle that others may not find pleasing or that that they might find disagreeable. The purpose was to try to decrease bullying not only within that group but in other groups as well.”
While phone calls from parents have been pouring in, Meador said there is no sponsor for the club and, until there is, the club cannot exist.
“There have been many things that have been said, assumed, talked about – that are not true,” she told the Board. “I will tell you that I did follow federal law and civil rights law, which says that I cannot deny any student group the opportunity to meet as long as they follow the same rules set for everyone else. I can tell you that at this time there is no such club at Macon County High School.”
In other business:
• Board members voted to approve the consent agenda (leave requests and trip requests).