Jocelyn, a sophomore with a heart to express her faith and positively impact her school, attended a Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) leadership conference last summer and felt compelled to start an FCA club with her classmates. She and four fellow students submitted a video to the Associated Student Body (ASB), introducing their club and why they should be accepted as an official club. Their club’s purpose is to mirror their passion for sports with a passion for Christ. ASB organizes a variety of clubs that cover topics from science to chess, as well as the Muslim Student Association and the Gender-Sexuality Alliance.
The superintendent responded cooperatively to Faigal’s request for provision of equal access to the FCA. The superintendent apologized that the FCA had endured the disappointment of rejection and ensured that Homestead High School would now accept FCA as an official club.
“This case sparked a desire to implement district-wide training to schools on these legal issues,” Faigal commented. “Students and teachers will receive a clearer understanding of what decisions they should make to avoid future problems like this.”
Brad Dacus, president of PJI, stated, “We applaud the school district and the high school for their steps to correct the ASB’s denial of this Christian club. And we commend Jocelyn for her courage to stand for her faith and for her conviction to spread the Gospel.”