Eighth grader Bayli Silberstein on Monday will present a petition urging her school board not to ban gay-straight clubs.

Silberstein is the 14-year-old teen whose efforts to form a Gay-Straight Alliance have been rejected for two years by administrators at Carver Middle School in Leesburg, Florida.

When the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida stepped in on behalf of Silberstein, the school board responded with a proposal to end all non-curricular student clubs.

She is expected to deliver a petition signed by more than 25,000 people urging the Lake County School Board not to approve the proposal.

“I'm excited by all the support I've gotten,” Silberstein said. “We need to do something about the bullying at Carver. I really hope the school board will listen to all these people saying that banning student groups is not fair, and that we should be allowed to form a Gay-Straight Alliance.”

The board will discuss the proposal on Monday before scheduling a vote, possibly as early as the following Monday.

“We hope the public presence at the meeting on Monday will demonstrate to members of the Lake County School Board that the public supports Bayli's right to form a Gay-Straight Alliance,” said Joyce Hamilton Henry, mid-Florida regional director for the ACLU of Florida. “People are upset and want the school board to know that sacrificing the needs of all students isn't fair, and that Bayli and her friends should be allowed to form their club to make Carver a safer school.”