The lawsuit contends that LGBT students and students perceived as LGBT were subjected to anti-LGBT slurs on a daily basis and were physically threatened or attacked by peers. While many of these abuses occurred in front of teachers or were reported to school officials, school personnel almost always took insufficient action to stop the abuse.
"The gag policy is anything but neutral,” said Sam Wolfe, lead attorney for the Southern Poverty Law Center. “It is rooted in homophobia and sustains a hostile environment harmful to all students. The district must repeal this dangerous policy."