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  • by Brendan Pringle
     Langston Bowens GrantStrobl
    The Conservative Movement achieved a dual victory in Grosse Pointe Public School District this month as two high school YAF chapters were officially recognized as "sponsored clubs."

    Grant Strobl of Grosse Point North High School and Langston Bowens of Grosse Point South High School faced a four-month long battle as they fought for recognition of their YAF chapters from their respective school administrators.

    In their district, a club must receive the status of a "recognized" organization before it can execute projects, advertise their organization, or even meet in a classroom.

    For a period of time, the clubs were able to proceed with their projects under the radar. However, when a "non-recognized" Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) club began to cause controversy at Grosse Point South, the district began enforcing its policy on non-recognized clubs. Interestingly enough, GSA received its "recognition" status almost immediately while the YAF chapters were put on hold indefinitely.

    The Gay Straight Alliance club dramatically increased its leftist propaganda on campus, and the Grosse Point South YAF chapter attempted to respond with their own conservative projects, but each attempt was quickly blocked by the administration. The administration held that they were violating school policy by propagating a "political" message without being a "recognized" organization.

    Naturally, Grant and Langston sought recognition of their YAF chapters, and attended countless school board meetings and policy committee meetings to hasten this process.

    The Grosse Pointe administration first told them that they would receive a response to our request within a week. Grant and Langston put pressure on the administration, and after several weeks, the district superintendent finally told them that under no circumstance would they ever support YAF due to its political nature. In addition to banning its recognition, the administration refused to meet with its officers and discuss this any further.

    Grant and Langston sought the help of a school board member who explained to them that the school district's administration did not recognize YAF because "new policies on the issue were being drafted and it would not be okay to approve new groups during this process." Ironically, the GSA had been approved during this same time.

    Eventually, Langston and Grant were able to host a meeting with the superintendent. During their conversation, they realized that the deputy superintendent of educational services had constructed a series of lies and miscommunications to obstruct the club's sponsorship.

    After clarifying their purpose on campus, the superintendent approved the YAF chapters.

    Grant and Langston are now working to revise district policy in order to protect freedom of expression on their respective campuses.

    "We are very happy to have exposed the bias of liberal administrators," Langston said. "This is truly a conservative victory for YAF and all freedom-loving students."

    Brendan Pringle is a development officer at Young America's Foundation's Reagan Ranch Center
    • Readers' Comments

    • Grant and Langston, you make me very proud of YFA and of the young members who our country needs. Keep up your great work, attitudes, and faith. My contributions to YFA will increase. I am a former Grosse Pointe teacher, back in the 60s. Molly
      Posted by Molly on 04/01/2013
    • Congratulations! It's a topsy-turvy world in liberal-land: who's the child, who's the adult; the 1st Amendment is despised, not championed; administrators naively lie to divert student attention; so-called educators blindly devoted to promoting causes rather than teaching how to formulate and debate ideas. Liberal-land sounds like indoctrination-land.
      Posted by Mike on 04/02/2013
    • I heard that YAF has become a very republican centered club, and even has gone to the lengths of hatred towards minorities such as Gays. Kinda of funny that these groups are both recognized in this article. :/
      Posted by DW on 04/02/2013
    • Republican "hatred towards minorities." Sounds like more indoctrination. Lincoln: republican; 60's civil rights legislation: republican; Abortion of 50%+ African-American pregnancies: democrat; Women on the front line of battlefield, i.e., war on women (don't you dare hit a women, but by God, our enemies can do what they want with them): democrat; War on the black family through failed federal policies: democrat; War on Christianity, morals, ethics, honesty: democrat. In topsy-turvy, liberal land up means down, and down means up. In liberal land, African-Americans are disposable (murder rate, incarceration rate, abortion rate--all up due to Johnson era progressive policies, plus), babies are disposable (abortion rate sky high), women are disposable (stick them on the front line), the constitution is disposable (daily attacks and demonization by the left). Demonization isn't argument, it's propaganda.
      Posted by Mike on 04/02/2013
    • I too am a former teacher, and I am Very Proud of You Grant, and Langston......... You are representing alot of youth that haven't had a Voice in the Liberal Schools today, kids that have been put down, and even put out, for their Christian, and Conservative Views!! Believe me, God will Bless You for what You Both are doing, Run with the Ball, this is only the beginning of the Vision!!
      Posted by Elaine on 04/03/2013
    • @Mike, I think you are talking about a conservatives, not Republicans. You have to place the Republican party in a historical context. The Republican party now is quite conservative. Lincoln's Republican party was not (as evidenced by his "radical" politics regarding abolishing slavery).
      Posted by Tom on 04/07/2013
    • The Grosse Pointe South Gay-Straight Alliance has been seeking official status at least since 2005, which is when I donated some money to the club, and was only able to do so by writing out a check to the advisor of this "unofficial club." So, it's amazingly misleading to suggest the group got official recognition quickly. I would also suggest --having lived in Grosse Pointe Park since 1979, that its school system is by no means "left leaning." The majority of school board members are, in fact, Republicans. Gay Straigh Alliance goups across the country are not left leaning, as conservatives can belong to the group, and many do.
      Posted by Tija Spitsberg on 04/13/2013
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