May 20, 2009
>Tennessee School District Sued For Filtering Pro-LGBT Content
>A suit was filed yesterday by the ACLU Tennessee against schools that block pro-LGBT web sites including GLSEN but don’t block anti-LGBT or ex-gay sites. “Allowing access to Web sites that present one side of an issue while blocking sites that present the other side is illegal viewpoint discrimination,” said Catherine Crump, a staff attorney with the ACLU First Amendment Working Group and lead attorney on the case. “This discriminatory censorship does nothing to make students safe from material that may actually be harmful, but only hurts them by making it impossible to access important educational material.”
Bryanna Shelton a student at Fulton HS in Knoxville, Tenn., and her mother discuss how the blocked content affected them.