We have so many amazing high school student groups that we want to honor TWO this month! Zachary High School in Zachary, LA and Wilson High School in Tacoma, WA!
Zachary Students for Life
This month, we are recognizing Zachary High School Students for Life for their courage and determination to start a pro-life club at their public high school in Louisiana. Senior, Taylor D., first approached her administration about the club one year ago and became a target for discrimination and other hurdles. Her school attempted to prohibit the club from starting, but Taylor refused to give up.
After receiving approval, Taylor then lost her faculty sponsor and was faced again with the option of quitting. We are so proud of her resilience and ability to stay the course.
Below is an excerpt from an email we received from Taylor telling us about her experience:
In the beginning, we had a lot of issues getting the club approved. Our principal did not want this club at our school because he felt that parents would retaliate. He wanted us to join with a Christian club on campus, even though their mission was different from ours.
Abbie and I started to feel discouraged until I had a meeting with Missy Martinez. She told me all the legalities to starting a Pro-Life club. Missy informed me that what our principal tried making us do was illegal. I did my research and found that what she told me was true. After countless times of trying to set up a meeting with our principal, he finally called me into his office. I showed him the agenda and constitution that Abbie and I came up with. He liked our ideas and finally said Yes to our club.
But then another problem occurred. We lost our teacher sponsor. I felt like all the work Abbie and I put into the club just went to waste. We felt more discouraged than ever. But finally, our prayers were answered. I received an email saying that a friend had found a new sponsor for us after a month and a half of waiting.
After everything Abbie and I have been through to get this club started, we are finally going to have our first meeting this January. We are both very excited about this and can not wait to get the ball rolling. But of course, we would never have made it this far without the help of Dr. Gravois, Missy, the staff at Students for Life of America, and our new sponsor Major Martin.
We are so excited to see the impact Zachary High School Students for Life will have on their school and community!
Wilson Students for Life
When members of the newly formed club at Woodrow Wilson High School were denied permission to hold a Day of Silence and to hang two flyers they didn’t just take no for an answer. They challenged the fact that their rights were being denied!
Their club president asked the school for a flyer policy and received the following statement from school administration. Acceptable posters do not offend staff or students, put others down if they have a different belief/opinion, or otherwise cause disruption.” Of course, the school decided that poster talking about abortion were “offensive”.
Bryce and the Wilson club could have decided that they didn’t have time to argue with their administration. They could have said, “We tried to have a pro-life group, but we guess it’s not going to work.” They could have backed down, shut up and sat down. But they didn’t!!!
Instead Bryce contacted us to walk him through the process of pushing back against this censorship. We put him in touch with lawyers from the Thomas More Society and they sent a letter on his behalf demanding the school acknowledge his rights.
After a week of negative media attention and pressure from the pro-life community, the school has decided to allow Wilson Students for Life to host their events, but has also decided that no student groups will be allowed to post flyers advocating for their cause, only flyers about meeting times.
While we are disappointed that the school will not be allowing any group to hang flyers, we are glad that the school administration is no longer treating Wilson Students for Life unequally and that they are allowing the group to host events on campus. Over the next few weeks, Wilson Students for Life will be hosting a Day of Silent Solidarity for the pre-born babies killed through legal abortion who have no voice of their own, and a diaper drive to support local pregnant mothers in need who have chosen life for their children. This is a great victory for pro-life students everywhere and the women and babies that they serve.
We are so proud of Wilson Students for life and for their courageous stand for the rights of students and the rights of the preborn!
Think you have what it takes to be group of the month, email Missy and tell her why! Winning groups receive national recognition and a $25 Visa Gift Card!