former students, who claim they were harassed by other students who
percieved them to be gay, against the Morgan Hill School District,
stating their complaints were ignored fails to tell the whole
Your recent editorial on the lawsuit brought by six former students, who claim they were harassed by other students who percieved them to be gay, against the Morgan Hill School District, stating their complaints were ignored fails to tell the whole story.
In fact, the decision by the district and the insurance company “ to settle” without going to court, fails to tell the other side of the story. There was no cross-examination, no witness called and no evidence presented. It is the old story; it is cheaper to settle than go to trial. The real merits of the case are not fully examined. If you can’t legislate – you litigate and a few judges rule.
Morgan Hill was a targeted district by activists who wanted to have mandatory in-service training and the teaching of homosexuality as a normal and healthy lifestyle. The teachers’ unions, the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers, have endorsed this position. Parents of this district made it clear that they did not want this to be taught and the battle was on.
Everyone agrees that all children should be able to come to school and feel safe. They should not be ridiculed, taunted and have to defend themselves on what they hold precious and dear. The school district did and I assume still does have a policy stating that no child should be harassed. My little girl and boy were often made to feel inferior and sad by their peers and once by a teacher who taught at a private school; not because they were “gay” but because they were overweight.
The other side of the story that was not presented was that some other children were made to feel so uncomfortable by an activist teacher who was discussing the merits of homosexuality that they eventually had to leave the school district. Children should not have to discuss the merits of homosexuality when they have contrary religious beliefs. These children were even denied the right to be transferred to another classroom. Some felt so threatened that they had their parents come to class with them.
To think that children will be forced at an early age to discuss sexual behavior, to me is a form of child abuse. The age appropriateness of this program is not even discussed. We are opening a “Pandora’s Box” with opinions mixed with facts. The child will be making life decisions based on the information they receive in school. Many believe that homosexuality is “natural and that you are born that way.” Yet the elusive gene to prove that theory has never been found, in fact the study of identical twins has proven the contrary.
What about those who will be ridiculed for not believing the agenda – what about their rights? The rights of those who do not want their children indoctrinated should be preserved by opt-out provisions.
Let us make sure that the classroom is safe for all students. If all children are taught common courtesy, manners, and kindness: we do not need to teach about homosexuality, or even heterosexuality. Let that remain in the home. The classroom doesn’t have to become the battleground – save that for the adults in the newspapers.
Carol Neal, Morgan Hill
Editor’s note: Carol Neal served on the school board from 1992-96.