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Reuben Lack, Georgia High School Student Council President, Sacked After Gay Prom Royalty Pitch: Lawsuit

Posted: 03/22/2012 12:12 pm Updated: 03/22/2012 12:44 pm

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A Georgia-based student has filed a lawsuit against his high school, claiming he was forcibly removed from his position as Alpharetta High School's Student Council president after asking to eliminate the senior prom king and prom queen in favor of more gender-neutral titles.

As the Alpharetta-Milton Patch is reporting, Reuben Lack first proposed modifying the annual prom tradition during a student council meeting on Jan. 12 in an effort to make the contest more accommodating to the school's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students. After renewing the proposal at a Jan. 26 meeting, Lack says he was told Feb. 8 he was being removed as student body president because he attacked the school's principal, encouraged incoming freshmen to join the debate team he captained and other reasons, "all of which were knowingly false," according to a complaint filed by his attorney, James Radford Jr.

Lack, who is described by Radford as a model student with a 3.7 GPA, told 11 Alive News the issue was never debated during any of the student council meetings because the faculty advisors intervened. "The teacher moderators were visibly agitated," he said. "They were very, very uncomfortable about it. To the point where they were almost angry."

The Courthouse News Service reports that the lawsuit names the Fulton County School System, Alpharetta High principal Shannon Kersey, and faculty advisors Emily Reiser and Michelle Werre, and demands Lack's reinstatement in addition to damages.

School officials have thus far declined comment on the case, according to 11 Alive News.

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