Gay Student Settles with School District - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Jacksonville

Gay Student Settles with School District

July 18, 2003 - Posted at: 2:38 p.m. CDT

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. -- A gay teenager has reached a $25,000 settlement with his former school district after he sued on grounds that school officials violated his freedom of speech.

Fourteen-year-old Thomas McLaughlin says teachers at Jacksonville Junior High School disciplined him for speaking about being gay. The suit also claimed that he was preached to from the Bible and that the school had told his parents that he was gay.

McLaughlin says he's is glad the suit is over and that no other students should have to endure what he went through.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed the federal suit in April against the Pulaski County School District on behalf of McLaughlin.

McLaughlin, who will be a high school freshman in the coming school year, won't be attending a school in Jacksonville. The McLaughlins have moved from Arkansas to Louisiana for reasons they say are unrelated to the lawsuit.

Copyright 2003 Associated Press. All rights reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • State board turns down Agri school request, supporter says

    State board turns down Agri school request, supporter says

    Thursday, August 10 2017 4:14 PM EDT2017-08-10 20:14:09 GMT
    Wednesday, August 16 2017 11:58 PM EDT2017-08-17 03:58:16 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    A plan to open an agricultural charter school in Weiner was denied Wednesday, a supporter of the project said. 

    A plan to open an agricultural charter school in Weiner was denied Wednesday, a supporter of the project said. 

  • Clutter creates policy, officials say

    Clutter creates policy, officials say

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 10:50 PM EDT2017-08-17 02:50:41 GMT
    Wednesday, August 16 2017 11:46 PM EDT2017-08-17 03:46:06 GMT
    A new ordinance in Trumann allows authorities to fine a person up to $50 for debris in ditches. (Source: KAIT)A new ordinance in Trumann allows authorities to fine a person up to $50 for debris in ditches. (Source: KAIT)

    It may cost a little more money if Trumann residents do not clean out their ditches filled with debris, according to city officials. 

    It may cost a little more money if Trumann residents do not clean out their ditches filled with debris, according to city officials. 

  • Free lunch, breakfast crucial for students, Superintendent says

    Free lunch, breakfast crucial for students, Superintendent says

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 11:01 PM EDT2017-08-17 03:01:13 GMT
    Wednesday, August 16 2017 11:42 PM EDT2017-08-17 03:42:07 GMT
    Cedar Ridge School District (Source: KAIT)Cedar Ridge School District (Source: KAIT)

    A pair of schools in Independence County will be providing free lunch and breakfast to every student on campus this year. 

    A pair of schools in Independence County will be providing free lunch and breakfast to every student on campus this year. 

Powered by Frankly