The same black T-shirt was worn to school Thursday by faculty sponsor John Remmers, an art teacher at FHS.
While they are certainly aware of the issue, the emphasis at the club is usually on social activities, according Remmers
."The group ends up being somewhat of a social gathering," Remmers
said."Though our existence may seem political... we mostly enjoy each other,s company like any other student club."
The group does participate in the National Day of Silence in the spring, and it rides in a float during the annual homecoming parade.Other activities include a winter party, movie nights and similar activities any other club might have, Remmers
said."We focus more on local things," Knight said.
Nearly four years after it was established, the Fayetteville High School Gay-Straight Alliance
, the only high school club of its kind in Arkansas, still has a good following at the school. Remmers
has been contacted by people in Rogers and other Arkansas cities over the years about how to start a chapter.He
always offers them advice, but as far as he
knows, none of those efforts has led to fruition.
Initially, about 75 students ratified the original constitution, Remmers
The club takes the approach that it doesn,t matter what the student,s sexual orientation is, Remmers
said.This approach is one of the club,s best attributes."This is one place we can go where it truly does not matter," he
As for the school,s administration, Remmers
credited it as very supportive for allowing the club to simply exist.The formation of such clubs can often be a controversial issue for school districts."I think we,re getting the same treatment any other club would receive," he
Most members are involved in a variety of other activities besides the gay/straight alliance, Remmers
adds, noting several go to church or are involved in youth groups."They are normal students," he