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February 4, 2021

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For Immediate Release: 2.4.21
Contact: Lacey McNiel, media@firstliberty.org
Direct: 972-941-4453

Illinois School Officials Offer Accommodation to Student Refusing to Participate in Sexuality Program
First Liberty Institute represents student threatened with disciplinary action for declining to participate in program that violates her religious beliefs 

Aurora, IL—After receiving a letter from First Liberty Institute, the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (“IMSA”) reversed its position and approved senior Marcail McBride’s request for a religious accommodation. Instead of completing the school’s Student Gender and Sexuality Program, the school offered her an alternate assignment.

“We are grateful to President Torres and school officials at IMSA for following the law by granting our client an accommodation,” said Keisha Russell, Counsel to First Liberty Institute. “Schools should respect the religious beliefs of their students.  Marcail and her parents are pleased that she will not be punished for acting according to her conscience.”

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