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FIRST-PERSON: No harassment from bullies or homosexuals


McMINNVILLE, Ore. (BP)–Two years ago, California Gov. Gray Davis signed The Student Safety and Violence Prevention Act of 2000 (AB 537) into law. The measure required public school curriculum to “include human relations education, with the aim of fostering an appreciation of the diversity of California’s population and discouraging the development of discriminatory attitudes and practices … [against] lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender historical figures, events, concepts, and issues…”

According to a recent report on WorldNetDaily, the board of education of the Hayward Unified School District in Hayward, Calif., in its desire to comply with AB 537, is encouraging homosexual teachers to openly disclose and discuss their sexual orientation during classroom instructional time. The goal of this move by the district is to provide “a safe environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning [referred to as LGBTQ] students and staff.”

Parental objections to the resolution have been ignored by the school district. CNSNews.com reported recently about Nancy Moore, a Hayward parent who complained that the resolution conflicted with the values she teaches her children. When she took her objections to school officials she was told, as CNSNews.com put it, “they were going to integrate homosexuality into the normal curriculum, that they were under no obligation to inform her, and if she protested it was because she was prejudiced.”

In the last 30 years, liberal groups have fought long and hard to banish any remnant of Christian expression from the public arena because its mere presence was said to be forcing religion down another’s throat. However, we are now told when it comes to homosexuality — a lifestyle that has never been shown scientifically to have any biological basis and is in fact biologically aberrant — the public must open wide and swallow hard.

Under the guise of “safety,” the Hayward school district is encouraging teachers to take valuable instructional time to share about a very personal part of their lives. I have to ask, how in the world is Mr. Jones the physics instructor taking time to reveal the fact that he is gay and proud of it going to make any school anywhere more safe?

Jerks and bullies are as much a part of public schools as bad cafeteria food and they are the same yesterday, today and forever. Any kid who derives pleasure from picking on others is not going to be deterred because a teacher or two, or three, stands up in a class and shares about his personal sexual pilgrimage.

I recently received a call from a concerned parent whose son is being picked on at school to the point the kid no longer wants to attend classes. Why are the bullies being so cruel? The child happens to have a speech impediment and is a slow learner.

When I worked exclusively with youth, I well remember teenagers coming to me who were being harassed because they carried a Bible to school. I can recall as a high school athlete the atmosphere of the football locker room where anyone thought to be a virgin was subject to endless ridicule. In grade school I was stalked by a Hispanic boy who wanted to fight me solely because I was white.

No child should be subject to harassment or intimidation. However, if the Hayward school district is going to be consistent in its “protection” of LGBTQ students, then it must support in the same way religion, race, virginity, learning disabilities, etc., etc., ad nauseam. Anything that could possibly be an area a bully could exploit must be addressed.

California’s AB 537 in general, and the Hayward school district’s application of the law in specific, has nothing to do with safety and everything with promoting homosexuality as a natural, normal and healthy lifestyle. The way to ensure a learning environment free from harassment is not in highlighting differences, but in stressing sameness. Children should be taught to treat each other with dignity and respect because they are all part of the human race and fellow human beings. A bully who intimidates another student, no matter the reason, should be punished because he violated a person, not because he harassed a homosexual.
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  • Kelly Boggs