California elementary school censors a student’s report on Harvey Milk

20 05 2009

The American Civil Liberties Union is claiming that a San Diego County school, the Mt. Woodson Elementary School, violated a student’s rights by censoring her report on Harvey Milk, an American politician and the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California.  The school reportedly refused to allow the student to present the project until her classmates had gotten permission from their parents.

Apparently, the school concluded that the presentation called for a district policy that mandates that students’ parents be alerted before the students are taught about something involving sex.  The ACLU is asking school officials to apologize to the 6th-grade student, permit her to present her project again in class and clarify the school’s sex education policy.

So because Milk was a gay rights activist, somehow this made the subject inappropriate for students in the minds of the school officials?  This is more than a question of censorship, but there seems to be some homophobia in the mix here as well.


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