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Anti-LGBTQ survey circulates at Anna-Jonesboro Community High School

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Some students at the school say they are afraid to attend class.

A survey circulating at Anna-Jonesboro Community High School is asking students to vote on allowing LBGTQ students to access restrooms.

The survey is believed to have been made by a student, and claims to be from the Anti-Queer Alliance.

Rainbow Café Vice Chair Carrie Vine said the broad wording of the survey, which demands that queer students be banned, could affect many students, including those who aren't transgender or non-binary.

"It's all a community. I mean, that's a lot of people that they're targeting, and not just trans and non-binary students that want to use the proper restroom. I mean, are they just talking about the lesbian students? Or the gay students? What are they talking about?" Vine said.

Vine said the survey constitutes bullying, and the Rainbow Café has already heard from some students who are now afraid to go to school.

The group is asking the school administration take appropriate action to stop the survey from circulating and discipline students.

"We really want to support students and we feel that the students in Anna-Jonesboro deserve a safe, educational environment. They should be able to go to school without worrying about being bullied or harassed," Vine said.

This comes after a recent school board meeting, where members of the public demanded the school ban transgender and non-binary students from using the restrooms that matched their gender identity.

The board declined to adopt a restroom ban. Under Illinois law, students must be able to access bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity rather than their assigned sex at birth.

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