Can a middle school principal deny any student the right to start a program at school that helps local people in need even if doesn't disturb school at all?We live in Kanawha County, West Virginia,...

Can a middle school principal deny any student the right to start a program at school that helps local people in need even if doesn't disturb school at all?

We live in Kanawha County, West Virginia, and go to Kanawha County Schools. My little brother is in the seventh grade and already has some teachers agree to be sponsors. He's had a 4.0 ever since the 6th grade. Most of the work they would be doing wouldn't even really be monetary donations.

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Without knowledge of the specifics of this club and the principal's concerns (as well as a knowledge of West Virginia law) we cannot give you a clear answer to this question.

In general, however, the administration of a middle school has a great deal of discretion over what sort of organizations can be allowed as school-sponsored clubs.  For example, if the principal decides that the club would cause members to miss too much school, he/she could decide not to allow the club.  If the principal thinks that what the club does is not age-appropriate, he or she could decide not to allow it.

Again, this is just generic information as to what principals can do.  Without a great deal more information and knowledge of West Virginia law, we can't give you an answer for your specific situation.

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