Student behind LGBTQ essay speaks out

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SPARTANBURG Co., SC (WSPA) – The Upstate student whose LGBTQ essay sparked a freedom of speech lawsuit is speaking out for the first time.

In a video posted on social media, Rumeur shares her side of the story.

The girl’s mother is suing Spartanburg County School District Six, Anderson Mill Elementary, and the school’s principal.

The $1 million lawsuit alleges the principal violated the girl’s rights by judging the essay as “inappropriate” to be shared with other students and parents.

“I also have other family members who are lesbian, transgender and gay and stuff. I just thought I should stick up for them and stand out. And I just thought I should stick up for them and just stand out and tell people that they shouldn’t be judging who they are,” Rumeur said in the video. 

She’s asking people to wear purple and use the hashtag #JusticeforRRS to show support Friday.

The school district has denied the allegations and filed to have the lawsuit dismissed. 

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