Just the other day, 20 students at Celina High School, a public school in Mercer County, Ohio, were threatened with out-of-school suspensions for wearing T-shirts that promoted tolerance and support for the LGBT community. They were not offensive. They were not graphic. They simply said things like "Straight but Supportive" and "I Support [Rainbow]."
Our assistant principal forced us to change our shirts because they advertised "political" messages and were disruptive. But students who are part of the pro-life organization Students for Life are able to wear their shirts whenever they'd like. And just recently, our school hosted Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan, who asked us to pray for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. There were definitely several political T-shirts at school that day, and none of them were threatened with suspension.
...you'll soon be hearing from some lawyers who take this kind of shit seriously. Also, the kids at your school have a right to form a GSA. So your school is going to have a GSA. The only question is whether you're going to have a lawsuit and pay a hefty settlement first.
UPDATE: While we were obsessing about the election—and the hurricane—the ACLU of Ohio was coming to the defense of the LGBT students at Celina High School. On November 1, 2012, the ACLU of Ohio sent the administration at Celina High a letter and threatened to sue. That's what this quote from the ACLU's press release means:
“The ACLU is actively investigating these reports... We are also soliciting information from students and parents regarding a culture of censorship and viewpoint discrimination in Celina High School.
Allow me to translate that out of the legalese: we're the ACLU and we will fuck you up. Administrators at Celina High who doubt that the ACLU means business—and that they take the rights of LGBT students seriously—might wanna take two minutes to Google "Anoka-hennepin settlement" and "Constance McMillen settlement."
Read the ACLU of Ohio's letter to Celina High School here.