Two Polk County teenagers just got the go-ahead from the school district to start a Gay-Straight student alliance at Kathleen High School in Lakeland -- which floored them.
"I think our county is really judgmental about being different. If you're not religious, and don't practice certain things, you're kind of an outcast," said Brenna Pelland, one of the co-founders of the new GSA.
The group says its mission is to stop bullying of all sorts -- not just sexual harassment.
"I have been bullied anywhere from my weight, to the way I look, to the way I dress. Bullying is constantly everywhere," said the group's other founder, Rory Teal.
Kathleen's GSA got off to a slow start. The teens e-mailed the paperwork to school officials back in November. When they didn't get an immediate response, they thought the district was dragging its feet because of the nature of the club.
The district says the application was sent to the wrong place and was missing information.
The law is on the side of the GSAs: if a school offers non-curricular clubs, and students want a GSA, the school is legally obligated to let them have one.
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