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Are school's allowed to discipline a student for PDA based on sexual orientation?

Painesville, OH |

My much younger sister and "friend" shared a "peck" on the lips as one was getting on the bus after school. The principal pulled aside and said that it was inappropriate behavior and there was going to be consequences the following day. My sister and the friend both recieved detentions, but were not allowed to serve them at the same time, and they were both the only kids in either of the detentions for PDA. I find it VERY hard to believe that they were/are the only kids in the entire school that week who partook in PDA. I was in school a little over 10 years ago, and clearly remember classmates sharing much more intimate moments then pecks on the mouth in the hallway between classes! I feel something should be brought to the school's attention for this obvious biased discipline.

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Filed under: Education law
Attorney answers 1


This question does not have enough facts. How old were the girls? How does the district define PDA? Has anyone collected statistics of PDA enforcements in district schools? How was it collected?

Until one can demonstrate disparate treatment there is nothing to argue about, if the rule is in place and depending on how it is constructed.

Good luck.

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