Middle School Girls Told to Ask for Lesbian Kiss in School! [Details]

Rucuss staffMay 3, 2013

Female students at a Red Hook middle school in New York participated in a workshop intended to make them more comfortable with homosexuality.

The girls, ages 13-14 years old, learned about homosexuality and gender identity at Linden Avenue Middle School (pictured below). They were even taught terminology such as “pansexual” and “genderqueer,” CBN reports. The workshop was designed to bring awareness to the bullying and social stigma that young homosexuals sometimes experience.

But things got uncomfortable when two of the teenagers were asked to pretend to be lesbian lovers in front of the class and kiss each other. The girls told their parents and now they are outraged.

One of the girls told her parents she was being “picked on” by other students after the workshop.

“She told me, ‘Mom we all get teased and picked on enough. Now I’m going to be called a lesbian because I had to ask another girl if I could kiss her,’” parent, Mandy Coon said.

The parents said the school did not warn them about the workshop or send home a form to sign giving the school permission to involve their children in the workshop.

“The school is overstepping its bounds in not notifying parents first and giving us the choice,” one parent said. “I thought it was very inappropriate. That kind of instruction is best left up to the parents.”

“I was absolutely furious — really furious,” said another parent who asked to remain anonymous. “These are just kids. I’m dumbfounded that they found this class was appropriate.”

School Superintendent Paul Finch is defending the workshop. Finch told The Poughkeepsie Journal the workshop was “focused on improving culture, relationships, communication and self-perceptions.”

Finch said the workshop is “required under the state Dignity for All Students Act, which prohibits harassment and bullying in the classroom

“We may require more notification to parents in the future,” Finch said.

The workshop also advised boys to always carry a condom and gave tips on how to spot ‘sluts.’

Do you think Red Hook stepped out-of-bounds offering the workshop without notifying the kids parents?


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