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Kent County Student Says School Violated His Rights

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MILFORD, Del. - Milford High School student Peter Cloney says he feels his rights have been violated.

"All year there have been posters up, but when GSA puts their posters up, the next day everything has to be taken down," said Cloney.

Cloney is the founder of GSA, or Gay-Straight Alliance, a student organization at Milford High School promoting tolerance.

The group put up posters around school on Wednesday promoting an April 19th event called 'Day of Silence.'

Cloney says on Thursday, those posters were taken down.

"We put posters up so that we could speak out for people that don't have a voice and they kind of took our voice away for them," said Cloney.

Principal David Carter says this is all just a big misunderstanding and those flyers never got approved.

"Flyers need to come through me so that I can make sure that everything has been approved and we can discuss how many need to go up, where they need to go up and so on," said Carter.

Cloney says getting approval to hang anything is new to him and his club.

"I thought there might be some kind of protocol breach, that the club might have to get posters pre-approved, but none of the other clubs have ever had to do that," said Cloney.

Carter says this had nothing to do with violating gay rights.

"It was nothing against the actual organization. It wasn't against the group. The event is still going to transpire on the 19th. In a public school setting we have to make sure that when we go to hang things that there are several different students and staff that have different beliefs. With freedom of expression we still have to err on the side of knowing that it's more people in the confines of the building than us," said Carter.

Carter also says there was an abundance of flyers posted. Carter wants to make sure each organization or group has equal opportunity to get their message or event across.

Custodians are hanging four large bulletin boards around school so students can put their information on them. Administrators say this a more effective way for organizations and student groups to get their information out.

"This is a public school. This is a public setting and the main focus here is for our students to learn," said Carter.

"A lot of the students were really upset that the flyers had been taken down just because it kind of seems like, 'Why would you take them down when it seems all the other clubs have their stuff up all the time and no one really says anything,'" said Cloney.

Carter and Cloney say the new bulletin boards are a start.

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