Hoover High School in Birmingham, Alabama have prohibited a student to wear a pro-gay t-shirt ‘Gay? Fine by me’.
But Sara Couvillon, 15, decided to act and asked the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to help her. The organization is a nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society.
Together, Couvillon and the SPLC argued that she had never experienced harassment or threats because of her t-shirt so there were no reason that she can't wear it.
The school officials, in front of the SPLC's threat of a federal lawsuit obviously dropped prohibition.
Sara said: "I’m very relieved and I feel like this is a major victory for the LGBT community in Alabama. This was not just about me – it was about encouraging people to be brave in standing up for themselves and standing up for their rights."
A staff attorney at the SPLC, Sam Wolfe, said: "We are incredibly happy that the officials at Hoover High School acted so quickly to restore the rights of this brave student.
"However, while the outcome is a good one, it is unfortunate that this fundamental right was denied in the first place."
More and more students act against their schools to have their rights respected.