Lincoln High School, a public high school in New York City, is no longer allowed to hold an event titled ‘Lions Head,’ the school’s principal said Wednesday.
The school announced the decision in a letter to students and parents Wednesday afternoon.
The event was set to take place at the school on July 11.
Principal Scott Stoddard said the school will no longer host the event.
“As a matter of policy, we will not host an event in which a child is bullied, harassed, or threatened based on the sexual orientation of a parent or the school,” Stoddards letter said.
“The event will be removed from our website.
It is our hope that this will provide students and teachers with an opportunity to make their voices heard, especially during such a time of uncertainty in the school community,” he added.
The announcement comes a week after a judge ruled that the school district could not use a student’s gender identity as an issue in their lawsuit against the state.
The case is being heard by a Manhattan federal judge who last month declined to hear the school board’s request for a temporary restraining order to keep the case pending.
The Lincoln High school event was meant to be a celebration of the school year and to bring people together to meet and celebrate the school spirit.
The event’s organizers were planning to hold the event at a private home, but officials decided to hold it in the Lincoln High building, where students are often bullied and harassed for their sexual orientation.
Students who attended the event were asked to wear shirts with the school logo and the word “Lincoln” printed on them.
The school also placed a banner up outside the building that read “Love trumps hate.”
The event, however, was canceled, and a notice was sent to students on Tuesday.
“We regret the decision to cancel the event,” Stoodard wrote in the letter.
“It was never our intent to offend anyone.
Our intention was to celebrate the wonderful student spirit and the school, and we want to ensure that we will do all we can to make the community safer.”