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ACLU Sues Madera County School For Calling Student Yearbook Quotes ‘Politically Divisive’

Attorneys with the ACLU filed a lawsuit Wednesday against a school district in Madera County, saying it violated two students’ right to free speech and right to anti-LGBTQ bias in California schools. When Minarets High School students Steven Madrid and Mikayla Garaffa submitted their senior quotes to the yearbook, they thought they were being inclusive. But the yearbook advisor said their quotes were “politically divisive.” “Mine was, ‘If Harry Potter has taught us anything, it’s that no one deserves to live in a closet. What they don’t know can’t hurt them,’” says Garaffa. Her quote is a reference to J.K. Rowling’s character, Albus Dumbledore. Rowling revealed that the character was gay only after completing the series. ACLU staff attorney Abre’ Connor says the quotes were peaceful and non-vulgar. “What we saw was a school, a yearbook advisor and school district discriminating against our client based on their sexual orientation, based on their gender identity, and their gender
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