A Rio Rancho, New Mexico, middle school will permit its students to form a pro-life group. The move by Rio Rancho Middle School comes after a nonprofit legal group sent a claim of discrimination to the school after the school initially refused the group’s formation.
The school initially denied the group’s formation in 2017 when eighth-grade student Dylan Fredette attempted to set up Students for Life, the Albuquerque Journal reported. Fredette even had a teacher who had volunteered to moderate the group if approved.
School principal Lynda Kitts reportedly told Fredette that creating such a group would not be fair to those who are pro-choice and denied his request.
In response, the Thomas More Society, a nonprofit legal group, began sending letters of complaint to the district superintendent and the school itself, noting that the principal’s decision violated the student’s First Amendment rights, according to the Journal.
The group also threatened to file a federal civil rights action suit if the district didn’t reply to the letter or permit the formation of the club.
The Thomas More Society announced last week that the school decided to permit the club.