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It's Okay to Unfairly Punish Children And To Belittle Their Families
Defends Student’s Use of Word ‘GAY’ - Teacher Reprimanded
7-Year-Old For Discussing Mother’s Lifestyle - The Advertiser (Dec 2, 2003)
LOUISIANA - The American Civil Liberties Union demanded an apology Monday from the Lafayette Parish School District for disciplining a child who described his mother as gay.
The second-grader at Ernest Gallet Elementary School was sent to the principal’s office Nov. 11 and forced to attend a “behavioral clinic” a week later, where he repeatedly had to write “I will never use the word ‘gay’ in school again,” the ACLU said in its complaint to the district.
School officials said that the child, whose name is being withheld by The Daily Advertiser, used inappropriate sexual language.
Parent Sharon Huff said that she was contacted by Assistant Principal Nicholas Thomas, who told her that her child had used inappropriate language in school.
“He introduced himself to me and said (name deleted) got into a lot of trouble because he was using inappropriate foul language to another child,” Huff said.
Huff said that Thomas also told her he didn’t feel comfortable repeating it over the telephone.
“He said it would be in the paperwork he sent home ...” Huff said.
That paperwork states: “(name withheld) decided to explain to another child in his group that his mom is gay. He told the other child that gay is when a girl likes a girl.
“This kind of discussion is not acceptable in my room. I feel that parents should explain things of this nature to their own children in their own way.”
The child was also made to sign a “Student Behavior Contract,” where he wrote, “I sed bad wurds.”
Superintendent James Easton said that the child wasn’t disciplined for using the word “gay.” Ernest Gallet Principal Virginia Bonvillian and Thomas, the assistant principal, could not be reached for comment Monday.
“It was an inappropriate description of personal activity,” Easton said. “I don’t know exactly what was said, but that is what was reported to me.”
Easton said that the issue will be investigated seriously before the district responds to the ACLU’s complaint.
“It would surprise me if that accusation is accurate,” he said. “A child can’t be disciplined for using the term ‘gay.’ If one were, it would be a violation of their rights.”
Huff contends that’s exactly what happened.
“I was almost in tears when (name deleted) got home,” she said. “I had no idea what he had picked up from somewhere. I am very meticulous about what he watches on TV. I knew he must have said something really bad.”
After reading the report, Huff said that she was shocked.
“I was floored,” she said. “I think I sat at the table for a couple of hours.”
Then, she said that she got mad.
Ken Choe, ACLU staff attorney for the Lesbian and Gay Rights Project based in Washington, D.C., said his office wants to send a clear message that getting disciplined for describing a gay relationship violates the constitutional right to free speech.
“We reached out to the school in this case to try to work with it to resolve the problem without litigation,” he said.
Choe called this case was one of the most “egregious” he has ever seen.
“I have to say here the law is secondary,” he said. “What is of the greatest concern to us is that the school is sending a message to a 7-year-old boy that he can’t talk about his own mother.”
The ACLU’s complaint asks the School Board to ensure that:
Ernest Gallet will refrain from taking further disciplinary action against the child for using the word gay to describe his mother;
Give assurances that the school will not engage in censorship or discrimination in the future.
Offer apologies to the child and his mother.
Huff said that all she wants is for her son to avoid punishment because she is gay.
“I don’t want any other child going to elementary school and being taught prejudice of any sort,” Huff said. “This is one thing I hate most in the world.”
©The Lafayette Daily Advertiser
December 2, 2003
is the motivation of the people who are working so hard against Same-Sex
could possibly cause someone to dedicate so much time and
energy to stopping someone else from enjoying a loving and committed
relationship? Do civil
union foes somehow think they gain something in their own marriages or
families when they prevent someone else from living in a similar way?
What do they believe they lose by allowing legal recognition of other
is understandable why gay men and lesbians would get deeply involved in
this issue, or why heterosexuals might work hard to see that gay men and
lesbians aren’t treated less fairly than others, but what is missing from the
lives of the individuals leading the opposition to Same-Sex unions that
makes them focus so much on this issue?
can only wonder why people feel so threatened by the loving relationships of others. What
makes them spend so much of their lives trying to deprive others of
having their own loving families?
for Marriage - Promoting Federal Marriage Amendment to Constitution
Women for America
Site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - (The Mormons)
Traditional Values Coalition
Broadcasting Network / 700 Club
Family Research Council
- Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions
Between Homosexual Persons - July 7, 2003
- Family, Marriage and "De Facto" Unions - Nov 9, 2001
- Declaration of the Pontifical Council for the Family regarding the
Resolution of the European Parliament dated March 16, 2000, making de
facto unions, including same sex unions, equal to the family - Mar 17,
- Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of
Homosexual Persons - Oct 1, 1986