CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — After complaints from three parents, the principal of East Chapel Hill High School has responded to an LGBT awareness assembly held by the school’s Queer-Straight Alliance during class time.

Originally reported by The News & Observer, students with the school’s QSA planned an awareness assembly during class time which hundreds of English students were required to attend. The group did not get prior approval from school administrators, thereby breaking school and system policy.

One parent said he understood the goal of the assembly, but thought more oversight was needed.

“I think the point is, these teachers did this without the approval of the school system,” parent George Spencer told the daily paper. “If it were math, there is a way the state of North Carolina wants math taught, and the teachers have to teach it that way, whether they want to or not. [The students aren’t] mature enough to discuss it without adult moderation — and there weren’t any adults involved.”

A student commenting in The News & Observer‘s online comment threads said teacher and adult supervision at the assembly were present.

Principal David Thaden said he would discuss the issue with the QSA’s students and faculty advisors.

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.

One reply on “Chapel Hill student group holds unapproved assembly”

  1. Just heard about it from forum of the lgbt community, well, it’s really problem. Hopefully, this will be solved soon. We can understand their action as we are like-minded persons

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