Massachusetts Superintendent Instructs Schools: Parents Do Not Have to be Informed About “Diversity”
LEXINGTON, Mass, September 26, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – After a Massachusetts school board decided to incorporate so-called diversity training in its classes, which includes indoctrination in the homosexual lifestyle, local superintendent Paul Ash notified schools that parents need not be contacted about the program.
Last April, as reported by LifeSiteNews.com, one parent of a six-year-old kindergartner, David Parker, was arrested, allegedly for “trespassing” at his son’s elementary school while attending a scheduled meeting with the principal and the city’s Director of Education. He had arranged a meeting to object to the homosexual curriculum materials and discussions his son was subjected to in his kindergarten class.
The “diversity” training includes materials such as the book by Robert Skutch, “Who’s in the family,” which depicts families made up of all manner of combinations including same-sex parents. Parker, as a Christian, objected to his son’s exposure to such indoctrination, and requested that he be notified when such discussions took place.
After refusing to leave the school until he was given an assurance that he would be notified before any discussion of homosexuality occurred in the classroom, the principal and Director of Education called police who put Parker in jail overnight. His trial, originally scheduled for last Wednesday, was postponed until next month.
The Superintendent, in a letter to the Lexington public school board last week wrote, “Activities and materials designed to promote tolerance and respect for individuals, including recognition of differences in sexual orientation . . . do not trigger the notice and opt out provisions of Section 32A.” The opt-out provision, 32A, maintains that parents be notified if a school teach on “human sexual issues.” To Ash, homosexuality is not a sexuality issue.
Concerned Americans rallied in support of Parker September 11, at a demonstration held at Lexington Green, the site of the opening battle of the Revolutionary War more than 200 years ago. Parker was prevented from addressing the media by the police, arguing that it could spark violence between his supporters and a large number of counter-demonstrators.
“This is not about creating a forum for hate . . . for any segment of society,” Parker said after his arraignment in April, according to a boston.com report. “I’m just trying to be a good dad.”
See prior LifeSiteNews.com coverage:
Father of 6-Year-Old Arrested Over Objection to Homosexual Curriculum in Kindergarten Class