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Roncalli Principal: Students can support counselor but cannot advocate for "Pride Day"

Posted at 5:36 PM, Aug 30, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS -- The principal of Roncalli High School says students are allowed to show their support for a guidance counselor placed on administrative leave over her same-sex marriage but they cannot promote "Pride" events because they go against the church's teaching. 

Principal Chuck Weisenbach sent out a clarification email Thursday after several students claimed he banned them from wearing "rainbow colors" or showing their support for Fitzgerald during the morning announcements on Wednesday.

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Weisenbach says his message to students was just in regards to advertising and advocating for "Pride" events and the signs for 'Pride Day" were removed this week. 

Students will still be allowed to wear any clothing they choose to the home football game on Friday, but they will not be allowed to have signs, posters, flags or banners. 

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You can read Weisenbach's message below:

"Since the start of Ms. Fitzgerald being placed on paid administrative leave, we have given students, teachers and staff leeway to show their support for her. Students continue to be allowed to wear rainbow attire and accessories in our school and to sporting events.

We believe there is a delicate balance between showing support for a staff member and advocating for a specific cause or political position. As such, signs hung throughout the school advertising and advocating for a "Pride Day" were removed earlier this week. We do not allow for this type of advocacy in our school, regardless of the cause or political position.

With regard to tomorrow night's home football game, students are allowed to wear the clothing of their choice. However, similar to the position taken by the first two schools we played this year, there will be no signs, posters, flags, banners allowed at the game or on campus. Cheerleaders will be allowed the use of spirit signs."

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