When 16-year-old Angelique Clark planned to put her pro-life passion into practice, she proposed the formation of a new club at her school. When administrators at Las Vegas’ West Career and Technical Academy told her such a group would not be allowed, however, she opted to stand up for her beliefs.
After securing the representation of the Thomas More Society, Clark recently scored a victory in her battle with the school. Though Clark initially shied away from taking her case to court, she explained to the Las Vegas Review-Journal that school officials continually refused to acknowledge the legal precedent she claimed to have in establishing the pro-life club.
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Last month, the two parties arrived at a settlement that resulted in the dismissal of the case. As part of the agreement, the school must approve Clark’s club and treat it the same as any other comparable student group.
The Clark County School District additionally agreed to pay Clark’s legal expenses in the sum of $30,000.
Clubs are now being treated the same, Clark explained, though that means all such clubs now have less freedom of expression as a result. Previously, club leaders could include special announcements with their schedules, though after Clark’s club was approved, she said administrators limited such bulletins to information such as the time and location of meetings.
As for the club, Clark said at least 15 students have already joined as another 60 have expressed interest.
“I do have a lot of support,” she confirmed, “—more than pushback.”
The teen concluded that this situation has given her the confidence to help other students who feel they are being mistreated.
“Never back down from an administration,” she urged those in a similar position. “It’s a misconception that students have different rights than anyone else.”