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Published On: Thu, Jul 5th, 2018

Pennsylvania school shows students LGBT video, won’t share with parents as outrage mounts

A Pennsylvania school district is under fire for showing students pro-homosexual videos without parents’ consent and refusing to let parents see the videos for themselves afterward.

Last week, in contrast to the outrage, parents and students packed the East Penn School Board meeting to show support for Emmaus High School’s decision allowing the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) to show “anti-bullying” videos: “9 Questions Gay People Have About Straight People” and “Show your pride. Share your love.”

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BuzzFeed-produced the “9 Questions” video, which features LGBT speakers mocking the description of homosexuality as a “lifestyle” rather than “just my life,” claiming gay couples not reproducing is a non-issue because “technically the world is overpopulated,” mocking straight people for being offended by assumptions that they’re gay, denigrating heterosexual marriage for high divorce rates and more.

The YouTube-produced “Show your pride” is a compilation of videos of people “coming out” to their families and celebratory footage of same-sex “marriage,” set to Macklemore’s pro-homosexual anthem “Same Love.”

A third video was dedicated to “educating students about gender fluidity – the idea there is no such thing as male or female,” first reported by Todd Starnes.

The videos played without notifying parents in advance, which provoked outrage among the community, with parents gathering to confront the East Penn School Board at a June 11 meeting.

“I do not support a publicly funded school pushing any political or social views on children,” parent Mike Huff said of the “purposeful, planned, indoctrination videos, which he said made his son feel “bullied” for being straight.

“Our community deserves much better than this from the administration and the school board,” parent Michelle Blagbrough agreed, citing a section of the state school code that guarantees parents a “process for the review of instructional materials” and a “right to have their children excused from specific instruction that conflicts with their religious beliefs.”

Superintendent Michael Schilder responded by claiming that because the videos were part of student projects rather than “staff work,” they didn’t qualify as “curriculum” subject to parental review. He even went so far as to tell WFMZ that this particular work “needs to be protected from public scrutiny.”

“A parent or member of the public has no right to view or access a student’s term paper, speech, or multimedia project just because he or she objects to the topic,” Schilder elaborated, though he did give parents the videos’ titles and descriptions.

“[The videos are essentially] giving advice to straight kids about how to be more sensitive to gay kids,” Schilder previously said.

Liberty Counsel president Mat Staver told the Todd Starnes Radio show there is no doubt the school district is trying to indoctrinate students.

“It is troubling that the school district intentionally hides its LGBT indoctrination from the parents,” Staver said. “The school district has harmed students with its radical LGBT propaganda.”

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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