Only Selective "Diversity" is "Tolerated" At Mount Mansfield Union High
Vermont NEA President Makes Intimidating
Anonymous Phone Call
The following was provided by a concerned citizen
and active participant in the Mount Mansfield Union High educational arena
(Note: Updated Sept. 18, 2000 at the request of author):
Diversity Week at MMU
Two years ago, I learned that the administration was to discuss the
speakers for a week of "diversity" education at the high school.
I invited myself to the meeting with a student from the Student Council
and three teachers or consultants for the school and the assistant principal.
In this first meeting, there was discussion around several kinds of African
dancers, one or two prisoners from Waterbury, etc. and a known homosexual
who would speak on diversity. There was no mention of having a speaker
to discuss having left a homosexual orientation. After bringing up
this omission, I agreed to find a suitable speaker to help "balance” the
talk from the homosexual.
Students would be asked if they wanted to hear the various presentations
and their teachers would be requested to allow them to attend, if the time
conflicted with the academic subject being taught at that time. Parents
were not asked to sign any permission slip nor were they given the opportunity
to "opt-out" their student from any particular material that they may have
found to be offensive.
At the next meeting of the school board (15 members) which I attended,
it was moved that the diversity week be balanced with presentations from
both sides of any controversial issue such as homosexuality. The
Board passed the motion (although the minutes of the meeting refer to the
action as being a “consensus” and not, as I recall, a motion and vote).
Meanwhile, I passed on to the HS assistant principle the name of a man
who had left a homosexual orientation (call him "Mark") who had agreed
to speak to the students. The administration setup the meetings:
the homosexual was to address an assembly on one day and "Mark" was to
speak the next day to those wishing to hear him.
When the homosexual community became aware that "Mark" was to be allowed
to speak, he was slandered and there were threats that if "Mark" spoke,
the students would riot ("Mark" was supposed to be that controversial).
The homosexual community was so concerned that the students would be told
(apparently for the first time) that homosexuality was NOT a genetic condition
that they concocted these false stories that "Mark" had spoken at other
schools where students caused an uprising. When these stories reached
me, I asked for a meeting with the assistant principal and his staff to
try and squelch these falsehoods. My pastor, who personally knew
"Mark", accompanied me to the meeting where we tried to convince the school
personnel that "Mark" was not the monster being portrayed. I discovered
earlier that "Mark" had never spoken before a student body since
he was in school and, having spoken to other organizations, there never
had been any hint of revolt by the audience. These extreme measures,
to prevent the presentation of a view that homosexuality can be "cured",
should be anticipated by anyone wishing to speak out against the life style.
What happened at the High School? The homosexual failed to appear
for his presentation at the appointed assembly of the students. Consequently,
the administration decided to cancel "Mark's" presentation the following
day. Parents and school board members were led to believe that the
issue was closed for that year. However, one student told his mother
that eight days later the homosexual who was to address the assembly was
in his classroom and spoke on the life style of homosexuals. There
was no speaker invited to counter the presentation, despite the motion
by the School Board to see that balance was achieved on controversial subjects.
The administration claimed to know nothing of the incident reported
to one mother by a student. The issue was closed for that year.
In early 1999, "Diversity Week" was again planned. The Student
Council met with the assistant principal who reminded them that the presentation
would have to be in compliance with the wishes of the Board. The
chairman of the Student Council had a lesbian mother who, upon hearing
that the school was insisting on a presentation from someone who had "left
the homosexual life style", filed a suit with the Vermont Civil Rights
Commission, claiming that homosexuals were being discriminated against
at the high school.
The District Superintendent advised the Board members of the complaint
when he received it. I met with the superintendent, with two citizens
who helped me speak of our concern if the complaint were to be used to
squelch any presentation by "Mark". Subsequently, the board reversed
its earlier vote for "balance". The Board minutes failed to report
that the Board’s decision was reversed; I only uncovered the "re-vote"
later when “Mark” was un-invited to speak.
The suit with the Vermont Civil Rights Commission was withdrawn after
"Mark's" presentation was no longer required of the Student Council.
The battle was won by threats of legal action called "discrimination" against
homosexuals. It is the homosexual community that is intolerant
and discriminatory, not those of the citizenry who seek to present some
semblance of character development. “Balanced” teaching would allow
our students to decide for themselves and not base their lifestyle decisions
on biased, one-sided presentations. It is false teaching that “homosexuality
is an acceptable lifestyle”, presented by State-funded homosexual organizations
(Gov. Dean’s grant), when this deviant lifestyle can lead students to contracting
AIDS and eventually result in death. Failure to allow the teaching
that homosexuals can leave the lifestyle is misleading.
Homosexual organizations are now recruiting students and offering "all
expense paid weekends" at homosexual training centers (which is the last
straw, in my opinion). Parents may never know what is happening to
their child until he or she has contracted AIDS and is a victim of sodomy
or rape by a person of the same gender.
Parents MUST become more aware of the teaching that their children are
receiving in the public (government) schools and for which they are paying
taxes to support.