ACLU threatens to sue Clovis schools

CLOVIS, NM - High school senior Steven De Los Santos says he has been taunted for being openly gay and doesn't want other students to have to go through the same thing.

"I'm proud of who I am and for someone to take that and insult me, it hurts.

In March, Steven organized a new gay-straight alliance. Over 40 students expressed interest, but the club is still not allowed to meet because the superintendent hasn't approved the application.

Now the ACLU has sent a letter to the superintendent saying they will take him into the courtroom if he does not approve the club's formation by the end of May.

"The students who have bravely advocated for this organization should be given the opportunity to participate in the GSA before the end of the school year," the said read.

NewsChannel 10 10's calls to the superintendent were unreturned, so we showed up in person. After 45 minutes of waiting, Terry Myers declined an on-camera interview, but he did tell us, "People are trying to make an issue out of a non-issue." The superintendent says the delay was a technical concern because the school board just changed policies so only curriculum based clubs can meet during school hours. Others would be allowed building access after class, but the logistics still need to be worked out.

But the ACLU says this is a stall tactic they've seen used in other districts to keep gay straight alliances from forming.  The superintendent hopes to have all of this figured out soon, and Stephen just wishes the club's approved before he graduates in a couple of weeks.