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"
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
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
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
"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."