First the Erie, IL, school board banned Todd Parr’s The Family Book because it included a brief reference to same-sex parents.
Now, since the title was furnished by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), the district is banning everything GLSEN has provided, including anti-bullying programs.
“Give me a break! Is this seriously an issue in our town?” Lindsay Brookhart, a mother with three children in the Erie Community School District told WHBF. “I think everyone needs to take a step back, research the materials themselves and see that it’s not anything that is age-inappropriate.”
Brookhart and more than a hundred other parents have signed a petition protesting the ban, which extends to campaigns like No-Name Calling Week and materials co-authored by the National Association of Elementary-School Principals.
But Superintendent Bradley Cox says he was only listening to the voice of
the mob his community.
“It’s probably a bit of a misrepresentation to say that it’s just a few parents who have a concern when in fact, at the end of the day, it was a school board representing the views, values and philosophies of a community that really made the decision,” said Cox. “I think our community has very clearly said if those topics come up with 6-year-old or 7-year-olds that they would rather have those topics discussed at home.
We’re still going to teach tolerance, we’re still going to teach diversity.”
Please, we don’t even have children and we know they tend to follow what you do not what you say.