To: Russell's principle, staff, and school board
We need a GSA at Russell Middle School!
Allow us to start a GSA at Russell Middle, and treat our GSA as you would any other club. Also to start taking the harassment, and bulling seriously. We also need to have an inclusive school curriculum because it can quite literally safe lives.
Why is this important?
My principle and school staff have denied us a GSA on multiple occasions, and have not done anything to stop the bulling and harassment that has happened in the past years. the curriculum is not inclusive and they have practically ignored hate crimes.
A Genders & Sexualities Alliance club, or GSA, would provide a much-needed safe place for students to meet, support each other, talk about issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity, and work to create positive change on campus.
Under the Federal Equal Access Act (http://www.gsanetwork.org/federal-equal-access-act), any school that receives government funding and has at least one other non-curricular club is legally required to also allow a GSA. Legally, public schools with other clubs must let students start a GSA -- and must treat the GSA like any other student club! Schools can't make up rules that only apply to the GSA and nobody else.
GSAs have been proven to make schools safer for all students. Allow us to start a GSA so that ALL students can succeed.