Judge: Student leader wasn’t ousted for pro-gay prom plan

Update 2: A federal judge has refused to reinstate Reuben Lack as ckass president of Alpharetta High School, finding that Lack was removed for failing to perform his duties. Luck’s lawsuit seeking damages from the Fulton County School System continues. Read more.

Update: In a newer version of the story, school officials provide more detail on the issue. They’re quite prepared to fight this in the press.

Reuben Lack thinks he was. The school board scoffs at his claim. This isn’t over. It’s just beginning.

From the Associated Press, via the Atlanta Journal-Constiution:

ATLANTA — A suburban Atlanta high school student says in a federal lawsuit that administrators removed him as student body president after he promoted changes aimed at making the prom more inclusive to gay students.

Reuben Lack, an 18-year-old senior at Alpharetta High School, filed the lawsuit this week in U.S. District Court. He’s asking a judge to issue an injunction reinstating him as student body president.

Lack said he introduced a resolution at a January student council meeting to modify the school’s “prom king and queen” tradition to make it more inclusive to gay students. He suggested several options, including changing it to “prom court” so a same-sex couple could be elected, he said in the lawsuit.

Lack says he was told by school officials Feb. 8 that he was immediately removed from his position for “pushing personal projects” and advocating policy changes.

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