Ohio school reverses ban on Amnesty International chapter

NEW ALBANY, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio high school has reversed course on a decision to suspend a student chapter of Amnesty International and is allowing students to create a chapter of the human rights organization.

Ellie Henze, 17, told The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/24WSSIF) she received an email from New Albany High School Principal Dwight Carter indicating that she can launch a student chapter of the group.

The school suspended the group last month after receiving complaints that the global organization is anti-Semitic. The complaints were sparked by a club poster featuring a photo that included a person holding a “Free Palestine” sign.

“I’m excited to get the ball rolling after this monthlong delay,” said Henze, a high school junior.

The resolution came after Carter spoke with those on both sides of the debate. Carter has asked that Henze, her parents and an attorney meet with school officials, she said. The meeting hasn’t happened yet.

Carter apologized in an email to all students and families about comments he made about the organization. He told Henze last month that a student chapter of the organization would create animosity and fear.

“I regret this comment based upon what I have now learned,” Carter’s email said.

The group’s first meeting is Wednesday.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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