Monday, October 20, 2014

Idaho High Schooler Alleges Sex, Religion Discrimination

Posted By on Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 11:16 AM

An Idaho high-school student is alleging that she was the victim of discrimination based on religion and sex in her attempt to run for student body president.

Sierra Norman submitted paperwork to run for student body president this past spring, but according to the ACLU of Idaho, officials at Declo High School in Cassia County refused to put her name on the ballot, saying she was not enrolled in at least six non-online classes. But the ACLU says another student, a boy who was also not enrolled in six non-online classes, was put on the ballot. The ACLU is alleging that the boy was given preferential treatment because he was male and took an LDS seminary class, while Sierra is female and was not enrolled in a religious release class.

“Our investigation left us more troubled than when we first heard of this case,” said Leo Morales, ACLU of Idaho interim executive director.  

ACLU officials said they had asked to meet with school district officials but the district, through its lawyers, refused.

“We feel forced to now file a civil rights complaint with the school district to make sure Sierra has a fair chance at getting some justice, and to make sure this never happens again,” said ACLU of Idaho Legal Director Richard Eppink.

ACLU of Idaho filed a civil rights complaint against Declo High School and the Cassia County Joint School District. In its complaint, the ACLU says it presents evidence that Sierra is indeed a full-time student.

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