Wesson Attendance Center
|Wesson Attendance Center|
|Wesson, Mississippi (Copiah County)
|Type||Public all grades|
|Motto||"Once a cobra, always a cobra"|
|School district||Copiah County School District|
|Principal||Mrs. Marilyn Phillips|
|Number of students||1,100|
|Color(s)||blue and white|
|Athletics||football, soccer, tennis, baseball, softball, basketball|
Wesson Attendance Center is a K-12 school in Wesson, Mississippi.
Wesson Attendance Center is one of four schools that make up the Copiah County School District.
In 2007 students at this high school won the 2A state golf championship.
Gender discrimination lawsuit
In 2009, an honor student named Ceara Sturgis submited a photograph of herself wearing a tuxedo for the senior yearbook. School officials told her that her picture was inappropriate on the basis of her clothing not matching her gender. The school chose to exclude Sturgis from the yearbook. Sturgis claims that she was removed from the yearbook because she is a lesbian. She has alleged that the school discriminated against her.
The ACLU filed a lawsuit against the school district on behalf of Sturgis. Sturgis graduated from Wesson Attendance Center in May 2010. In December 2011, the ACLU settled the lawsuit after the school district agreed to require all students to pose in caps and gowns for the yearbook.
- Katina Rankin (2009-10-14). "Wesson girl wants to wear tux in yearbook photo". WLOX. American Broadcasting Company. Retrieved 2010-04-26.
- Lynch, Adam (2010-11-18). "Ceara's Season". Jackson Free Press.
- Byrd, Shelia (2009-10-15). "Ceara Sturgis, Lesbian High School Student, Told She Can't Wear Tuxedo In Yearbook". The Huffington Post.
- Lynch, Adam (2010-04-26). "School Cuts Gay Student Photo from Yearbook". Jackson Free Press.
- "Mississippi school bars lesbian student from wearing tuxedo, traditionally for boys, in senior photo". NY Daily News. 16 October 2009. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
- "Judge allows suit over annual photo to proceed". Houston Chronicle. 22 September 2011. Archived from the original on 12 January 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
- Mohr, Holbrook (7 December 2011). "American Civil Liberties Union Settles Lesbian Yearbook Flap With Mississippi High School". Huffington Post. Retrieved 8 April 2014.