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Wisconsin Superintendent Apologizes For Pro-Gay Video After Three Parents Complain - VIDEO


Responding to complaints from three parents, Superintendent Karen Schulte of the Janesville School District of Wisconsin apologized for showing a video entitled "Kids React to Gay Marriage" at Craig High School on April 11 during the national Day of Silence against LGBT-bullying.

Even though students from the school's Gay-Straight Alliance chose the video and  had it approved by faculty advisers and the principal, the parents who complained felt that it was biased because it only presented one-side of the same-sex marriage issue.

Nick Crow of The Janesville Gazette writes:

Three parents wrote letters complaining that students shouldn't have been shown the video, but the majority of parents didn't have an issue with it, Schulte said…

She said board policy 6021, which regulates controversial issues in the classroom, was not followed in this instance because both sides weren't presented. The video focused on same-sex marriage but didn't make a connection to harassment and bullying, Schulte said.

... but she believes the student group who chose the video was "well intentioned" and that this is a "teachable moment" for those students.

In truth, the video starts with a focused on gay marriage and then moves onto bullying, hate crimes and anti-gay criminalization.

Watch the video in question AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. I hope they remember to have the Klan come talk next MLK Day too.

    Posted by: Pyre | May 15, 2014 8:12:24 AM

  2. @PYRE

    Posted by: Qj201 | May 15, 2014 8:16:53 AM

  3. Fifty years ago, these parents would be infuriated by the fact that the "other side" of the civil rights debate wasn't included in anti-racism lessons. They'd probably send their kids to school with miniature crosses which you could light with a tiny BIC lighter.

    Posted by: Chris L. | May 15, 2014 8:17:17 AM

  4. three? three? and the religious wingers say that we are pushing an agenda? all it took was three letters to evince a response?

    the film was shown as part of Day of Silence activities. why would there need to be a 'balanced' message shown?

    can i at Christmas scream that there needs to be a film about atheism in order to show a 'balance' viewpoint? you can bet your ass there would b more than three letters on that one...

    Posted by: mike/ | May 15, 2014 8:25:48 AM

  5. OK, let's see...

    Pro-gay marriage side shows film with cute kids reacting in various ways to controversial subject, and objects to bullying. Can't go wrong here.

    3 idiots on the Anti-gay side says they aren't happy because fairness, God, etc.

    Seriously, there ISN'T another viewpoint that is correct, so why would they show it???

    Posted by: johnny | May 15, 2014 8:41:31 AM

  6. Teachable moment = "Yes, kids, there are still bigots and religious zealots who are going to complain about things, just stand tall and know that you are on the side of right and they are bigots."

    That's how I'd handle it.

    Posted by: johnny | May 15, 2014 8:43:00 AM

  7. I knew some folks from Janesville when I was in college long ago. They were all Calvinist conservatives and probably representative of the general population. I would NOT be surprised to hear that woman suffrage, civil rights and flouridation of water are still issues there, just beneath the surface.

    Posted by: gregorybrown | May 15, 2014 8:53:07 AM

  8. Shame on the school for not giving the pro-bullying, anti-equality side equal time! Oh the OPPRESSION! This sounds like an outrage for Andrew Sullivan to tackle.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | May 15, 2014 9:47:43 AM

  9. Names? Got names of the parents? Then we can talk about some bullying.

    Posted by: Sean Maloney | May 15, 2014 9:48:37 AM

  10. As usual the objections being raised boil down to "Because Jesus".

    What this teachable moment should convey to these students is that their is a strong correlation between religion and bigotry.

    Posted by: Steve Rider | May 15, 2014 9:58:47 AM

  11. It's not because Jesus. It's because leviticus and the misinterpretation of the sodom parable.

    They ignore the part about leviticus is only giving rules for men wishing to be rabbi/priests. And they omit the equal sins of eating shrimp (Red Lobster), wearing fabric blends (WalMart), and wives taking ritual baths during their periods (probably most of their marriages).

    The sodom parable talks about rape.

    Posted by: steve talbert | May 15, 2014 10:14:43 AM

  12. Oh, and they forget the family values lesson about Lot offering to make his daughters for then to take ibstead, since women are property and serve to satisfy men's primal urges. Also, women who don't do as they are told will turn into pillars of salt.

    Posted by: steve talbert | May 15, 2014 10:19:07 AM

  13. Sorry. Make his daughters get raped by the men instead of the visiting angels.

    Posted by: steve talbert | May 15, 2014 10:20:47 AM

  14. Greetings from Janesville. I don't know when or where you were in college GregoryBrown, but its time to let your stories rest. We aren't bigots, women vote, the water is good and our district is as blue as can be. In fact, the majority is repulsed and embarrassed by this action.

    Posted by: Janesville | May 15, 2014 4:50:08 PM

  15. Of course, these same people would never once think of inviting an atheist to deliver the Sunday morning sermon at their church so they could hear the other side and another point of view.

    Posted by: Jim | May 15, 2014 6:48:40 PM

  16. @ the three anti-gay activist parents:

    We do not need or want our lives counterbalanced.

    Stop taking on the role of your own biblical Satan (the accuser, the adversary).

    Let your religious crusade die already!

    Posted by: NotThatConfusing | May 15, 2014 8:25:00 PM

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