Public High School Censors Pro-Life Students, But Not Pro-Homosexual Group

By TFP Student Action   
February 24, 2014

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 Pro-life posters:  Censored


Wilson High School has received a letter from the Thomas More Society, a Chicago-based public interest law firm, demanding that the school end its discriminatory treatment of a pro-life student group. Wilson Students for Life, an affiliate of Students for Life of America, was established in the fall of 2013 by freshman Bryce Asberg to "loudly proclaim the pro-life message." Since its founding, the group has faced constant hostility from the school's administration, such as forbidding the group to hang its posters or host certain events, while other student groups have faced no similar restrictions. The school has until February 25 to respond to Thomas More Society's demand to end its hostility towards Wilson Students for Life, discrimination which violates the federal Equal Access Act.

 

"Public schools have a duty to treat all student groups equally," said Peter Breen, Vice President and Senior Counsel of the Thomas More Society. "Wilson High School's current policy allows administrators to censor any messages they deem 'offensive' -- in this case, any pro-life message -- while allowing other groups broad freedom of speech. The administration is violating the rights of the students involved in Wilson Students for Life, who do not lose their constitutionally protected freedom of speech when they enter the schoolhouse door."

Asberg's group selected two posters from the Students for Life of America website to promote its club. In compliance with school procedures, they asked the administration's permission to hang these posters. The first read "Since Roe v. Wade 1/3 of our generation has been aborted" with a picture of a milk carton and the word "missing" above the photo of a baby. The second poster bears a quote from President Ronald Reagan, "I've noticed that everyone who is for abortion is already born."

The administration refused to give Wilson Students for Life permission to hang the posters. The administration stated that the school policy only allows posters that "do not offend staff or students, put others down if they have a different belief/opinion, or otherwise cause disruption." Wilson Students for Life's posters, the administration maintained, would violate this policy because they promote a message rather than solely promoting the group's meetings.

Despite this policy, however, the administration has permitted the Wilson Gay Straight Alliance to hang flyers, for example, promoting homosexual relationships by showing conjoined male symbols and conjoined female symbols and stating, "Love knows no limits."

   
 "Gay" posters:
 Approved


After the administration's denial of Wilson Students for Life's posters, school administrators met with Asberg and the other Wilson Students for Life leaders to "give them advice" on how to best run their club. Asberg said he left the meeting feeling like his group was encouraged to only host events after school, while other groups were allowed to do what they wanted during the school day. For example, while the Gay Straight Alliance is permitted to hold a "Day of Silence" during the school day, the pro-life club was discouraged from doing so, as their identical event would be "too controversial."

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"The Wilson High School administration cannot be allowed to trample on the constitutional rights of Wilson Students for Life," said Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life of America.

"Our pro-life students will not accept their right to free speech being taken away. Sadly, this case shows that viewpoint discrimination is alive and well in today's schools and that administrators think they can still get away with it. Students for Life of America is proud to stand with Wilson Students for Life to demand that the Wilson High School administration reverse their unjust decision."

"Wilson Students for Life is passionate about the pro-life movement," stated 15-year-old Bryce Asberg, founder of Wilson Students for Life, "and we will continue to stand for life in our community. We simply desire to be allowed to express our views."

To leave a message of support and encouragement for Bryce Asberg and his group, the Wilson Students for Life, just submit them at the bottom of this post in the comments section.

Contact information (Please be polite yet firm)

Wilson High School
Dan Besett, Principal
Shane Sliva, Vice Principal
1202 N. Orchard St.
Tacoma, WA, 98406
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Comments  

 
+2 # Paul Browne 2014-02-24 14:50
The Founding Fathers would be so very proud of you
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-3 # William Yascko 2014-02-24 15:16
What's good for the goose is good for the gander. Everything that goes around comes around.
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0 # stan zima 2014-02-24 16:13
Dear Dan and Shane:
It is with heavy heart that I write you this note.
The fact that you will not allow Pro-Life students to display LIFE posters is mean-spirited, negative and undemocratic.
Yet you turn around and allow gay-style posters to be displayed in a public school.
This is indeed discrimination at its worst in the great State of Washington.
Please correct this arbitrary wrong on your part and allow Freedom of Expression to Live through those who support Pro-Life.
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0 # John 2014-02-24 17:06
Dear Bryce Asberg & Students for Life:

Thank you so much for being the voice of those unborn children who have no voice or whose voice is silenced by the injustice of abortion. Your stand at Wilson High School is inspiring more students around the nation to be bold in their faith and do what is right, rather than what is politically "correct."

Your parents must be very proud of you, Bryce.

God bless you and keep fighting for the unborn.
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0 # Lindsay 2014-02-24 17:12
Thank you so much for your courage. Keep fighting the good fight. Don't ever lose hope. Christ is on your side and will surround you with His love.

Thank you so much again!
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0 # JEM 2014-02-24 19:12
I DECUS, I GLORIA NOSTRA! Remember, you only have to be faithful: success is in God's hands.
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0 # Erik Menjivar 2014-02-24 22:14
To the Wilson Students for Life:
Keep on the good work. Even through these tough trials in which you are attacked, keep on with the spirit to promote life to all and may Our Lady guide you in this journey of life to set an example for others to follow.
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0 # Tina R. 2014-02-24 22:56
Way to go, Bryce and co.! Your posters are really good, especially the missing kids ad. That's what the pro-life movement really needs -- catchy advertising.
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0 # Steve 2014-02-24 23:07
Keep doing what is right, not because it is popular, but because it is the right thing to do.

Remain obedient to God's calling on your life.

I admire your courage!

In Christ,

Steve
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0 # Yvette Van Zandt 2014-02-25 00:00
Thank you for your courage and your witness for life, Bryce and fellow Pro Life students. May God bless you and keep you strong! He will never forsake you!
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0 # Heather 2014-02-25 08:35
Keep up the fight! I am so happy to hear that there are young people out there standing up and trying to make a difference. God Bless you all!
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0 # Louise 2014-02-25 08:40
I am astonished at your courage. Fight the good fight! Thank you so much.
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0 # Cristina Hughes 2014-02-25 08:53
Dear Bryce & Students for Life Members,
God must be so proud and pleased with all of your efforts and sacrifice in defending the life of the unborn.
Keep up the good fight and have the certitude that Saint Michael and his Heavenly Militia are also with all of you every step of the way!
God bless,
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0 # Laura 2014-02-25 10:23
Dear Bryce and Students for Life,
Your courage and faithfulness is a witness to us all. Run the race, keep up the good fight. We need more committed young people like you. I will be praying for you.
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0 # Joann Bondy 2014-02-25 10:37
Dear Bryce and fellow students: It certainly appears that you have been chosen by the Holy Spirit to do the work of His Hands on earth to spread love and kindness instead of selfishness and despair. Freedom of Speech is so necessary to communicate with everyone to have a beautiful world. We must keep the precious unborn safe in the womb as God had planned. May God Bless All.
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0 # Kim-Marie Miller 2014-02-25 12:08
Dear Bryce and Students for Life,

Stand strong! God is on your side. Keep fighting the good fight! God bless you all.
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0 # Barbara 2014-02-25 17:30
Keep up the God Work, Young People! So many out here are so proud of you!
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0 # Michael 2014-02-26 23:22
Keep going! I support you....doing the right thing is the most difficult thing to do these days but know you are not alone ! God bless you for your courage in taking a stand against immorality and may God face smile upon you and jeep you safe.
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