State lawmaker faces backlash after criticizing student group

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A state lawmaker is under fire after criticizing a student support group at Tiverton High School. Rep. Dan Gordon said members of the Gay Straight Alliance should be prohibited from meeting in the school, because it receives public funding.

Gordon claims the club, started by a student to address issues such as bullying, is an inappropriate use of school time.

"I don't think there would be much of a problem with bullying if kids weren't flaunting their sexuality in school<" he says. "I don't think that we should be promoting anything whatsoever that has to do with sexuality. Especially in a school that receives public funding."

State Democratic Party Chairman Ed Pacheco has since issued a statement calling Gordon's comments ignorant and deplorable. School administrators have also defended the group and its importance to students.

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