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Club timeline

1995:

East High students ask to form a gay-straight alliance

1996:

  • Board of Education votes 4-3 to ban all clubs not related to the curriculum, including West High Bible Study Club and Students Against Drunk Driving.

Students walk out of school; West freshman hit by a car and seriously injured during Capitol protest

-National news organizations, including CNN, The New York Times, and MTV cover the issue

Utah Senate sued for secret meeting over gay clubs

Lawmakers discuss club restrictions in special legislative session

1998:

East students, civil rights groups challenge club policy in federal court

Students protest at school board headquarters, ask that clubs be reinstated

Board votes 4-3 not to revisit the policy

1999:

U.S. District Senior Judge Bruce Jenkins upholds club policy, but finds the district violated it by allowing one non-curriculum club to meet.

2000:

East students sue district, alleging policy violations in snubbing the Rainbow and PRISM (People Respecting Important Social Movements) clubs, seeking to discuss politics and sociology affecting the gay community. U.S. District Judge Tena Campbell orders the district to let PRISM meet until the lawsuit is resolved.

School board reopens clubs policy issue