"We simply want to make sure that my client's and the other students expressing their opinions are protected for exercising their First Amendment rights. No student should be concerned for their future for publicly expressing their opinion," Callaghan said.
Campbell said fliers about the event were passed out to students a day prior and promoted "God's plan for sexual purity." Typically, students are allowed to stay in class with a teacher's supervision if they do not want to attend an assembly, she said, but it was insinuated that students had to attend this assembly.
Aulenbacher and members of the school's staff blocked the gym entrance and told students who tried to leave that they had to stay the entire time, according to the complaint.
Stenzel also visited Riverside High School last week, but Principal Valery Harper said she received no complaints and had researched Steinzel and watched her YouTube videos prior to allowing her to visit the school.
Riverside freshman Lindsey Hawks said Monday that the presentation made her feel "really uncomfortable."
"She was attacking and bashing the girls more. She was saying that it was all our faults. She was just crazy," Hawks said. "She said things like, 'It's your parents fault for putting you on birth control' and that birth control makes you more sexually active and more likely to get STDs."
Cierra Henderson, a Riverside freshman who also attended the event, said Stenzel said, "If you're on birth control, your parents hate you."
"I was like, 'Oh my gosh.' It was like she was preaching," she said. "It was so personal."
Kanawha County Board of Education President Pete Thaw said principals have the power to choose who they bring into their school for assemblies -- especially when it doesn't involve school money.
Believe in West Virginia is a faith-based organization dedicated to "improving the economic attitude and future of West Virginia through biblical guidance and dogged determination," according to the group's website.
The organization's Board of Directors includes President C. Edward Gaunch, Vice President and founder Rev. Jack Henry, Executive Director John deBlecourt and Ed Swartz, Rick Harrah, Joseph Skaff, Greg Thomas, Rev. Ron Thaxton, Rev. Jack Maxwell, Joey Holland and Scott Barnett.
Students plan to take the matter to the county board of education meeting scheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m.
Reach Mackenzie Mays at mackenzie.m...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4814.