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Lawsuit not over for ousted Ga. student council prez who wanted gay-inclusive prom

Reuben Lack, his father and attorney

A federal judged ruled Monday against an Alpharetta High School student's claim that he was sacked from his student council position after introducing an LGBT-friendly prom resolution. While the decision means Reuben Lack won’t get his leadership role back, his father stressed that the lawsuit against the Fulton County School District isn’t over.

Reuben Lack, 18, claimed in a federal lawsuit filed in March that he was removed from his position as the school's student body president after introducing a resolution during a February student council meeting that would have made the school's annual prom more inclusive to LGBT students by removing the prom “king” and “queen” titles and replacing them with more gender-neutral titles.

The school district, however, responded by saying Lack's removal had nothing to do with the prom resolution, and claimed that he was removed for canceling and rescheduling student council meetings with little or no notice, acting uncivilly and refusing to comply with direct instructions from the student council faculty advisers.

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Alpharetta teen denied injunction, LGBT prom lawsuit moves forward

Reuben Lack, his father and attorney

Reuben Lack, the Alpharetta High School student who sued the school after being removed from his position as the school's Student Body President after introducing an LGBT-friendly prom resolution, will not regain his position before the end of the current school year, a federal judge ruled today.

The ruling likely means that Lack will end the school year before finalizing his suit. Lack, a senior, graduates in May.

Lack went before U.S. Judge Richard Story of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia on Thursday, March 29 to plead his case. Just one day later, Judge Story issued his ruling denying Lack the injunction to regain his position during the ongoing legal battle.

Story ruled that while Lack's free speech rights may have been violated, the school presented sufficient evidence to prove that it would have removed Lack regardless of the LGBT prom resolution.

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Alpharetta teen makes first court appearance in LGBT-prom lawsuit

Reuben Lack, his father and attorney

Reuben Lack, the Alpharetta High School student suing his school over his forced removal from his student council position after introducing an LGBT-friendly prom resolution, went before a federal judge today in the first hearing seeking to have him reinstated as council president.

Lack gave testimony before United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia Judge Richard Story and was cross examined by the defense team for Fulton County Public Schools, Lack's attorney, James Radford, said today by phone. The defense also submitted some five affidavits from students and faculty of Alpharetta High School but did not call any witnesses.

“The judge is taking the case very seriously," Radford said. "He clearly understands the First Amendment implications of the case.”

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Alpharetta teen makes national news over LGBT prom lawsuit

Alpharetta High School student Reuben Lack

An Alpharetta High School student alleges in a recently filed lawsuit that he was forcefully removed from his student council position after advocating a change in the school’s “Prom King and Queen” tradition to be more inclusive of LGBT couples.

Reuben Lack, 18, says that two Alpharetta High School faculty advisors told him that he was being removed as the school’s student body president for “pushing personal projects.” In the complaint, filed March 20 in the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Georgia, Lack contends he was removed over his “exercise of rights protected by the First Amendment.”

Fulton County Public Schools, which includes Alpharetta High, disputes the claim, arguing that the gay-inclusive prom policy is not why Lack was removed from office.

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Attorney for Alpharetta teen defends client after accusations of lying arise online

Reuben Lack, his father and attorney

The attorney for the Alpharetta teen who's suing his high school over his removal from his position as the school's student body president says that his client's name is being “dragged through the mud” and accuses some students of Alpharetta High School of bullying his client on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook.

In a statement released over the weekend, James Radford says that he and his client, Reuben Lack, may have been overwhelmed by the attention that Lack's lawsuit has generated. Lack alleges in his lawsuit that he was kicked off the council after he proposed making the school's prom gay inclusive.

The story may have gotten too big, too fast, and I believe the students, faculty, and administration at Alpharetta High School have found themselves overwhelmed. I know Reuben and his family have felt overwhelmed.