Friday, May 22, 2009
Sixth-grade Girl Banned from Harvey Milk Presentation
In California, a sixth-grade girl was banned from giving a presentation about Harvey Milk to her independent progect class. Instead, she would have to present the project during a lunch-recess time after all parents of the students had been notified of the project and sent in a signed form saying it was okay to see the presentation.
The school officials claim that the ban was made because of the school's Family Life/Sex Education policy, which states "(P)arents/guardians shall be notified in writing about any instruction in which human reproductive organs and their functions, processes, or sexually transmitted diseases are described, illustrated, or discussed. In addition, before any instruction on family life, human sexuality, AIDS or sexually transmitted diseases is given, the parent/guardian shall be provided with written notice explaining that the instruction will be given…” Basically the school is full of shit because the presentation has nothing to do with being gay--it's about how Harvey Milk affected society as a homosexual leader.
The American Civil Liberties Union has sent the school a notice saying that they must allow the girl to present the project normally and send her a written apology, or the ACLU will file a lawsuit against them. Yay for progressives!
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