Many of the worst assaults on human liberty take place in the name of protecting the young.
The ACLU of Indiana believes youth cannot be taught to respect the Constitution while, at the same time,
they are being told its protections do not apply to them.
The ACLU of Indiana has litigated cases involving students'
rights on a number of fronts:
- A student's right to wear a silicone bracelet supporting
breast cancer research that says "I (heart) BOOBIES"
- The rights of students to be free of a school's reach in
their off-campus online activities, such as Facebook
- The rights of students to eat their lunch in school
cafeterias free from religious proselytizing
- The right of a child with AIDS to attend public school
- The rights of students to be exercised from school for
religious holy days
- The rights of immigrant children being detained to
receive basic services
- The right of a lesbian high school student to wear a
tuxedo to prom
- And more
Know Your Prom Night Rights! A Quick Guide for LGBT High School Students For most high school students, prom night is a special time for making memories and sheer fun. But for those teens who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, prom night can be a source of anxiety. While their classmates are busy lining up the perfect outfit and date, LGBT students often have to worry about whether they will be harassed at the dance or excluded from it altogether. However, there are laws protecting your right to be yourself at the prom, and this handout can help you learn about them so that you too can be safe and have fun on the big night!
Students asked to out public schools that block pro-gay sites
- United States Constitution
- Bill of Rights
Resources for Teachers, Educators, Students, and Community Organizations
Podcasts on diverse ACLU issues including torture, immigration, abortion, and LGBT rights are
online at this website and at
Materials available for distribution to students include "What To Do If You Are Stopped By The Police," "You Have The Right To Be Yourself," and the bilingual DVD "What Are My Rights?."
Copies of The Freedom Files DVDs, as seen on
public television, can be obtained upon request. The approximately 20-minute long documentaries tell stories of ordinary Americans whose civil liberties were threatened and how they fought back. Issues covered in the series include religious freedom, voting rights, gay and lesbian rights, racial profiling and immigration.