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Student Council President Loses Position Over Gay-Inclusive Prom Initiative

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ALPHARETTA, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) – A model student was ousted from his position as student council president at Alpharetta High School after suggesting a revision of the titles of Prom King and Queen to something more gender-neutral.

According to 11Alive, former president Reuben Lack said he wanted the dance to be more inclusive to the school’s gay community.

The proposal was made to the student council by Lack earlier in the school year. It was never formally discussed, however, because faculty advisers reportedly intervened before the matter could be debated.

“The teacher moderators were visibly agitated,” Lack said to 11Alive. “They were very, very uncomfortable about it. To the point where they were almost angry.”

Several days later, he was removed from the position.

Now, Lack and his family are fighting back and filing a lawsuit against the Fulton County School System, Alpharetta High School principal Shannon Kersey, and two faculty advisors, Emily Reiser and Michelle Werre.

“The issue is entirely about First Amendment rights. All of us can have our disagreements about the issue of gay rights, gay marriage,” Lack’s legal representation, James Radford Jr., said to 11Alive. “This case is about the right of a young man who’s a student at a public high school to speak his mind and to advocate for causes that are important for him.”

The lawsuit allegedly calls for reinstatement, as well as damages.

Lack’s former vice president, Michael Danan, told 11Alive that his removal had nothing to do with his proposal, and that the other officers largely opposed it.

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