A student on Long Island, New York, whose application for a Christian club was denied at her local high school is fighting back.
Liz Loverde, a sophomore at Wantagh High School in Wantagh, New York says she applied for official school recognition of a group called “Dare To Believe”, a faith-based club emphasizing Christian values. This was her proposal:
“Life appeared to me as something not worth having or living. Maybe, right now, teenagers are feeling the same way I did, and saying that life has nothing for them and that no one would care if they lived or died.
“Through ‘Dare to Believe’ Christian Club I want students to know that while they’re going through these tough times, (depression, parents divorce, self-harm, suicide, anxiety, bullying, etc.) Jesus Christ offers them another view of life; a view that is truly beautiful.”
But Loverde, a sophomore at the school, said the principal rejected the idea outright, asserting that having the club on campus would be unconstitutional, WABC reported.
“I want to help kids, I see that my school is filled with bullies and depression and it’s sad to just walk in it every day, and I found my answer through Christianity and so I just want to share that.”
Loverde is being represented by Jeremy Dys of the Liberty Institute. “Liz had the application and the proposal in her hands and the principal went like this and pushed it back and said, ‘Oh this is about the Christian club, you can’t have the Christian club on campus,’” Dys said Monday.
“All students have a right to be able to meet on campus, and they can’t be denied simply because of their faith.”
The local school district says Loverde never was actually rejected; and the application is pending review, WABC reported. “As it is required with all student clubs, proper protocol and procedures must be followed and implemented before the club can be formally recognized. The district is currently reviewing this request,” according to a statement by the Wantagh Union Free School District.
Dys says the district has until November 24 to approve “Dare to Believe,” or he will file a lawsuit.
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Loverde’s case comes just a few weeks after another case the Liberty Institute handled on Long Island involving students at Ward Melville High School in East Setauket, who sought to obtain official recognition from their school, and another case at Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado where school officials have barred praying during free time school hours. The latter case is being handled by the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF).
H/T The Blaze
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