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Why One Freshman Took a Stand Against His High School Administration

By Sarah Kramer posted on:
June 14, 2021

As a freshman in high school, were you confident enough to stand up to your school’s administration? I know I wasn’t.

But Luke Wong is not most high school students.

Luke enjoys a spirited debate and doesn’t shy away from asking difficult questions of his peers (and even his teachers). In 2019, his freshman year, Luke talked his dad into taking him to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C.

It was at CPAC that Luke learned about Young Americans for Freedom (YAF), a national organization for students interested in discussing and promoting conservative ideas on campus.

Luke was hooked. He returned home with plans to start a YAF chapter at his own high school.

As it turns out, not everyone was quite as keen on the idea.

Some of his fellow students showed interest but were afraid of how others might perceive their involvement in a conservative club…or how it might look on their college applications. When Luke asked a few faculty members if they might sponsor the club, he didn’t have any luck. One teacher told him, “I would love this…but I’m scared of losing my job.”

And when Luke reached out to the assistant principal that April to start the process of launching a new club on campus, she shut down the idea. When Luke asked why YAF couldn’t be a club when other clubs were recognized, he was given varying excuses but no good reasons.

Luke wasn’t willing to take “no” for an answer. He politely continued to follow up with the assistant principal, rebutting all of the “concerns” that she brought to the table.

Despite this, he still wasn’t getting anywhere. He decided to reach out to YAF for help … but Luke’s school officials still didn’t budge.

That’s when YAF suggested that Luke reach out to Alliance Defending Freedom.

To learn more about Luke and what happened next, read the latest issue of Faith & Justice magazine.

In this issue, you’ll also read:

  • How ADF is standing up to defend your rights in the face of a new presidential administration;
  • How the Supreme Court gave justice to a student silenced for sharing the Gospel; and
  • Why one high school girl is taking a stand for women’s sports.


Sarah Kramer

Sarah Kramer

Digital Content Specialist

Sarah worked as an investigative reporter before joining the Alliance Defending Freedom team.

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