Three Complaining Parents Force High School To Apologize For Showing “Biased” Marriage Equality Video
A Superintendent speaking on behalf of Craig High School in Janesville, Wisconsin apologized on Tuesday for the school’s decision to show a pro-marriage equality video during a school assembly, calling it an “unbalanced” representation of a contentious issue.
The video, which you can watch in full below, is part of the popular “Kids React” series. It features 13 children between the ages of 5 and 13 reacting to the Home Depot gay marriage proposal that went viral last year, and subsequently having a favorable discussion about same-sex marriage.
The 16-minute video, packed with indisputable facts and raw opinion, was shown during advisory periods on the Day of Silence, an annual day organized by GLSEN to shed light on the bullying and harassment of LGBT students. It had been selected by the school’s Gay/Straight Alliance Club, and approved by both the club’s advisors and the school principal.
According to Twin Cities, Superintendent Karen Schulte issued an official apology for showing the video when three parents wrote letters complaining about it.
In her statement, Schulte claims that board policy 6021 prohibits the distribution of materials regarding “controversial issues in the classroom” when both sides of the issue are not presented. Her issue with the video below is that it allegedly weighs heavily in favor of same-sex marriage.
“The national website states that the purpose of the Day of Silence is to call attention to the harassment and discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth,” Schulte wrote. “In the School District of Janesville, the focus of the Day of Silence is also to eliminate bullying and harassment toward all students.”
However, Schulte noted that she thought the video was “well-intentioned” and provided a “teachable moment” for kids.
On Facebook, the video’s creators beg to differ. “The episode is a great resource to start a conversation about both sides of the topic, not to shut it down due to community outcries,” they write. “This is unfortunate.”