CBHS student files suit for $1M in discrimination case - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

CBHS student files suit for $1M in discrimination case

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A former student has filed a lawsuit against Christian Brothers High School after the student said he was denied bringing a same sex date to a school dance last year.

The student is claiming homophobic discrimination and is suing the school for $1 million.

"I feel like they're discriminating against me because I want to bring a guy and they don't support that right now," Lance Sanderson said.

The openly gay teen said he was banned from bringing a male date to his homecoming dance and then forced out of the school his senior year.

Sanderson said it is discrimination and a violation of the Title 9-Civil Rights Act of 1964 which says "no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benfits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance."

"He's prepared to take on this fight on behalf of not just himself, but for those who follow behind him," attorney Howard Manis said.

Manis is with the Cochran Firm and is representing the teen and his family.

He said although Christian Brothers High School is a private school, it does receive federal funding.

According to an e-mail Manis received from the Tennessee Department of Education, CBHS does receive federal funding through the No Child Left Behind federal education grants.

"If you're going to accept federal funding and you're going to hold yourself out to be non-discriminatory, support that. Act the way," Manis said.

School officials have not released a statement regarding the lawsuit. 

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