Lake Park Club's Focus Is Straight, Gay Issues

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Byline: Kat Zeman Daily Herald Staff Writer

In allegiance with the national gay rights movement, some students at Lake Park High School in Roselle are attempting to form a new club.

Members of the Gay-Straight Alliance hope their club will generate enough support to eventually receive permission from the school board to become official.

"We feel there's a lot of bigotry ... we want to promote understanding within the school," said Katie Pawlicki, a member of the club.

The club is not attempting to encourage any type of sexual behavior. Its mission is only to promote tolerance for gays, lesbians and bisexuals.

Since it formed roughly six weeks ago, about 20 students have joined - both gay and straight, said Pawlicki, who is straight.

Presently in its provisionary phase, the club must demonstrate it has staying power and find a faculty sponsor. Teacher Melissa Creech already volunteered, but proving there is a large interest can take anywhere from one semester to two years, said director of student activities, Patrick Buchenot. …