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Southern Poverty Law Center: Tuscaloosa schools violate LGBT rights

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Tuscaloosa County Board of Education is facing a demand from the Southern Poverty Law Center that school system officials allow same-sex couples to attend school proms and respect the constitutional rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students, or face a federal lawsuit.

The Montgomery-based SPLC stated in a letter sent to the school system Wednesday that on Jan. 5, Brookwood High School Assistant Principal Thad Fitzpatrick asked Elizabeth Garrett, a 15-year-old 10th-grader at Brookwood, to remove her sweatshirt that displayed the words, “Warning, This Individual Infected With ‘The Gay,' Proceed With Caution.”

The letter states that Garrett wore the sweatshirt because she was trying to make a statement in a humorous way that gay people should be accepted and respected.

Read the full story from Tuscaloosa News HERE.