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Pisgah High School

Pisgah High School

STUDENTS AT PISGAH HIGH SCHOOL IN CANTON HAVE BEEN TRYING SINCE OCTOBER 2013 TO FORM A CHAPTER OF THE SECULAR STUDENT ALLIANCE, WHICH SEEKS TO CREATE WELCOMING COMMUNITIES FOR NON-RELIGIOUS STUDENTS, BUT WERE TOLD BY OFFICIALS THAT THE CLUB WOULD NOT “FIT IN” AND COULD NOT FIND A FACULTY SPONSOR. THE SCHOOL HAS ABOUT 30 EXTRA CURRICULAR CLUBS, INCLUDING AT LEAST TWO RELIGIOUS CLUBS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETES AND KEY CLUB. IN A FEBRUARY 11 LETTER TO THE SUPERINTENDENT OF HAYWOOD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, THE ACLU SAID THAT PROHIBITING STUDENTS FROM FORMING THE CLUB VIOLATED THE FEDERAL EQUAL ACCESS ACT, WHICH PROHIBITS PUBLIC SCHOOLS FROM DISCRIMINATING AGAINST STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS ON THE BASIS OF RELIGIOUS OR POLITICAL BELIEFS. THE EAA ALSO REQUIRES SCHOOLS TO APPOINT A FACULTY SPONSOR IN THE ABSENCE OF VOLUNTEERS. THE STUDENTS WERE TOLD THEY WOULD BE ALLOWED TO FORM THE CLUB AFTER A RECENT MEETING WITH PISGAH HIGH’S PRINCIPAL.