Parents were incensed when they discovered that their 13 and 14-year-old daughters were compelled to pretend they were lesbians and ask one another for a kiss in a bizarre session of role-playing, purportedly done in the name of anti-bullying.
The girls were taught words like “pansexual” and “genderqueer” at a workshop at the Linden Avenue Middle School in Red Hook, New York. Although the purpose was anti-bullying, it zeroed in on homosexuality and gender identity according to CBNNews.com.
While all the girls had to ask one another for a kiss, two were singled out and made to pretend they were on a lesbian date in front of the class.
“She told me, ‘Mom we all get teased and picked on enough. Now I’m going to be called a lesbian because I had to ask another girl if I could kiss her,'” parent, Mandy Coon, told reporters.
Neither advance warning nor opportunity to opt out was given to the girls’ parents which, in effect, made the program compulsory.
“The school is overstepping its bounds in not notifying parents first and giving us the choice,” another parent said. “I thought it was very inappropriate. That kind of instruction is best left up to the parents.”
“I was absolutely furious — really furious,” a parent who asked to remain anonymous told Fox reporter Todd Starnes, “These are just kids. I’m dumbfounded that they found this class was appropriate.”
Despite parents’ outrage, more similar workshops are being planned.
Superintendent Paul Finch told The Poughkeepsie Journal the presentation was “focused on improving culture, relationships, communication and self-perceptions.”
He admitted, however, that it may have been a mistake not to inform the parents.
“We may require more notification to parents in the future,” Finch said. I guess.
A blogger named Ace of Spades tweeted the following:
At this point I’m wondering when the school plans to hold a similar anti-bullying workshop with heterosexuality as its emphasis.
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