Two teenagers at a California high school were humiliated after they disagreed with a presentation given by those pushing a LGBT lesson during an English class.
The incident occurred at Acalanes High School, in Lafayette, when the Queer Straight Alliance talked to a group of ninth graders about topics concerning the LGBT community, while they were in their English classes.
Brad Dacus, the President of the Pacific Justice Institute, he has taken the role of speaking for the parents who were upset with the situation, and said that the two boys, age 14 and 15, were pressured and strictly questioned about their personal beliefs regarding the subject while standing in the middle of a circle in the class.
Dacus who works for the PJI, a law firm that specializes in religious freedom cases, commented on the incident saying, “Singling out students for ridicule based on their moral or political beliefs is a Marxist tactic that should have no place in the United States of America.”
An attorney for the Pacific Justice Institute, Matthew McReynolds stated, “The QSA had students step forward to demonstrate whether they believed that being gay was a choice and whether their parents would be accepting if they came out as gay.”
“Students who did not step forward were ridiculed and humiliated.”
Many are upset because there was no parental notification regarding the events of the presentation or to inform them that it was occurring at all.
McReynolds gave an official statement where he claims, “Acalanes High School and the district have defied common sense, ignored the law and broken parents’ trust. These administrators are acting like schoolyard bullies. If they think intimidation is going to work on us or these parents, they are greatly mistaken.”
Superintendent John Nickerson says the presentation is about learning to accept others and social tolerance. The students were given handouts that informed them of several LGBT terminology. “The classroom instruction in question was part of a tolerance workshop led by peer educators under the supervision of teachers.”
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