Youth and Students' Rights

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The Constitution doesn’t place age requirements on our freedoms. ACLU-TN works to ensure that every student has the equal opportunity to attend nurturing and safe schools that provide high quality education free from discrimination. Highlights of our youth rights work include defending students’ free speech and privacy rights, preserving students’ religious freedom, protecting LGBT youth from harassment and bullying, and working to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline.

We also offer a robust youth engagement program, including internships, students’ rights conferences and more.

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1 10, 2016

The Vigil (Fall 2016)

October 1st, 2016|Categories: Newsletters, Publications|

In this issue: "ACLU-TN launches community coalition for criminal justice reform," "ACLU-TN stands up for prisoners’ right to healthcare," "UPDATE: ACLU-TN wins victory for pro-LGBT student speech in Giles County," [...]

15 08, 2016

Giles County Schools To Stop Censoring Pro-LGBT Speech

August 15th, 2016|Categories: Press Releases|Tags: |

ACLU-TN successfully settled a lawsuit filed on behalf of a Giles County student censored by her school for wearing a pro-LGBT shirt.

20 07, 2016

Stand Up/Speak Up: Youth Activist Guide

July 20th, 2016|Categories: Know Your Rights, Legal and Community Resources, Publications|

There are many different ways to be a teen activist, and Stand Up/Speak Up: A Guide for Youth Activists explores the experiences of high school students from across Tennessee who used [...]

8 06, 2016

ACLU-TN’s Youth & Students’ Rights Resource Sheet

June 8th, 2016|Categories: Know Your Rights, Legal and Community Resources, Publications|

As the United States Supreme Court stated, “Constitutional rights do not mature and come into being magically only when one attains the state-defined age of majority.” ACLU-TN works to ensure [...]

8 06, 2016

ACLU-TN’s Freedom of Speech, Expression and Association Resource Sheet

June 8th, 2016|Categories: Know Your Rights, Legal and Community Resources, Publications|

The rights of free speech are guaranteed to us by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and by Article I, Section 19 of the Tennessee State Constitution. These [...]

1 06, 2016

The Vigil (Summer 2016)

June 1st, 2016|Categories: Newsletters, Publications|

In this issue: "Access to the Ballot Box: Your Rights at the Polls," "Protecting Student Speech in Giles County," "The 2016 Legislative Session In Review," "6th Circuit Upholds Round-the-Clock Surveillance," [...]

25 05, 2016

ACLU-TN’s LGBT Youth Resource Center

May 25th, 2016|Categories: Know Your Rights, Legal and Community Resources, Publications|

We believe that LGBTQ youth should have the freedom to be open (or not) about their identity and ideas in schools and government facilities. The ACLU of Tennessee strives to [...]

24 05, 2016

Know Your Rights – LGBT Students

May 24th, 2016|Categories: Know Your Rights, Publications|

When you’re at school, you have the right to be yourself. You also have the right to be treated fairly and with respect by other students and school officials, including [...]

19 05, 2016

ACLU-TN Files Federal Complaint Against Sumner Schools’ Trans Bathroom Ban

May 19th, 2016|Categories: Press Releases|

ACLU-TN files a complaint with the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, on behalf of a ‪transgender‬ high school freshman in Sumner County who is prohibited from using the bathroom corresponding with her gender identity, in violation of federal anti-discrimination law. The complaint calls for the district to be required to permit our client use of the girls’ restrooms and locker rooms at school, and to create a new policy ensuring that all ‪‎trans‬ students be treated the same as other students.

28 04, 2016

ACLU-TN Joins Lawsuit Challenging Solitary Confinement of Youth

April 28th, 2016|Categories: Press Releases|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 28, 2016 CONTACT Lindsay Kee, ACLU-TN communications director, (615) 320-7142 NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee today joined a lawsuit challenging the [...]