Massachusetts MADNESS!

Getting into vulnerable kids' minds:

Massachusetts schools using "safe zones" to counsel children who feel different - maybe they should "come out" as gay!

Suicide prevention, say homosexual activists. Claim sessions must be secret for "protection of kids."

(See local newspaper column - below.)

NEWTON, MA (MAY, 2005) The latest -- and most psychologically devious -- push by homosexual activists to get into the minds of vulnerable schoolchildren is the use of "safe zones" in public schools.

It works this way: homosexual activists in the school get official permission to designate certain areas as special "lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender safe zones" where students are encouraged to go to if they feel confused, threatened, uneasy with life, or in some way uncomfortable -- of if they are worried that they're "different." Most of these so-called "zones" are in gay activist counselors' offices, or in places where such counseling is readily available.

The counselors suggest to the kids that maybe the reason they're "different" is that they're actually gay, and are repressing their true selves by not "coming out." The process of coming out, they tell kids, is very important to their overall well-being. And in addition, these counseling sessions must be done in secret, they say, for the protection of the kids.

A door to a "safe zone" at Newton North High School.

The "official" party line on what it's all about varies depending on the school and the source within the school. Sometimes they say it's to help kids feel "respected" or to develop "allies." But what actually goes on behind closed doors? From what we've actually seen, it's pretty frightening.

This past spring, Newton North High School in Newton, MA, began setting up safe zones in the school. A few months before, two parents came and attended an assembly during "Transgender, Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian Awareness Day" where pro-gay school counselors talked to kids about being "different." As one parent witnessed:

It was unbelievable. An adult male school counselor described at length to the kids how he "came out" as a homosexual by going to Taiwan and having affairs with males there. He stressed how important it is to feel free to come out if you feel different. "It's just where your hormones lead you to," he said. He asked for a show of hands of kids who've ever felt "different." "You may not admit it to yourself," he told the kids. "But unless you do something about it, it just hangs and rots inside of you...For me, coming out was an extremely hard process." He added, "I want to reach kids at 12-13 years old. I want to be supportive."

Minutes later, during that same session, one of the shocked parents began videotaping. Immediately the school officials ordered the two parents to leave. Four police cars came and the parents were given one minute to be off school grounds or be arrested for trespassing!

Newton North High School has now set up their safe zones.

The homosexual activists use the argument that they must do this for "suicide prevention" -- and that if they don't, or if the schools resist, that kids are liable to kill themselves. (However, we have never been able to find any legitimate medical information that supports this.)

This program started slowly a few years ago as a pilot program in a few schools, but over the last year has accelerated incredibly, particularly in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts not only allows gay activist school officials to claim that "it's legal now" because of the same-sex marriage ruling, but the Massachusetts Legislature gives money to homosexual activists for so-called "suicide prevention" programs like this! And the Legislature recently voted for a 70% increase for these programs, overriding the governor's veto, after intense and emotional (and incredibly dishonest) lobbying by homosexual activists.

Some public outrage. . .

This past May when Newton North High School set up its safe zones, Tom Mountain, the weekly (non-liberal!) columnist in the local Newton Tab newspaper, wrote this article:

Feeling Zoned Out
By Tom Mountain, Newton Tab columnist
Newton, MA - May 18, 2005

"SAFE ZONES WORKSHOP COMING UP: What is a Safe Zone? A Safe Zone can be a person or place where gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, questioning and allied individuals feel supported and respected. Offices, classrooms and individuals are examples of Safe Zones. Safe Zones is just one way to display one's commitment to being an ally for GLBTQ individuals in the NNHS community. How does one become a Safe Zone...? Volunteers participate in a 60- minute workshop, which focuses on issues that GLBTQ people face and how we can be successful allies."

And so read the formal notification sent out by the Newton North High School administration to every household with children at the school.

It's reasonable to assert that at this point we should all be used to the weirdness that passes for normalcy among the generously paid staff at Newton North, since hardly a month goes by without some new oddity occurring that leaves the rest of us staring in disbelief. One would think that with the school bearing the brunt of ridicule and revulsion these past several months across the media from talk radio to the evening news to Fox's "O'Reilly Factor," the North administration would perhaps get the hint that maybe - just maybe - they ought to rein in the PC lunacy for awhile.

But realize that we're talking about a school run by a principal who at last year's graduation preached about the greatest accomplishments of the past 50 years - the civil rights movement, the moon landings, the legalization of gay marriage. To put gay marriage in this unique historical category is odd in itself, but to publicly declare it to several thousand students, staff and parents, and assume that they would all nod in unison, is indicative of a mindset that is out of touch with the mainstream.

Even if it dawns on the North High administrators that a number of students and parents are becoming increasingly annoyed at their peculiar fixation on GLBTQ Safe Zones, the Day of Silence, To Be GLAD Day, etc., it's unlikely that they'll ever decelerate their obsession with all things gay. This is, after all, a school which declared that 10 percent of the student body is gay, bisexual or transgendered - around 220 students. But there seems to be no one at the school who can locate and identify so many North students pursing these alternative lifestyles. Whenever I inquire about this figure, I'm usually meant with a hostile reaction for even daring to raise the question.

After all, these Newton North educators, with the full backing of the superintendent and School Committee, are on a sacred mission to indoctrinate and expose as many students as possible to their gay agenda - Auburndale and The Lake be damned.

And if the parishioners at St. Bernard's or the Myrtle Baptist Church don't quite agree that the legalization of gay marriage is the historical equivalent of the Apollo 11 moon landing, well, that's all the more reason to drill into their children the joyous wonders of alternative lifestyles. And besides, they have a captive audience with their kids 180 days each year over four years of high school. That's a long time for indoctrination.

And they'll do whatever it takes to stop those pesky intrusive parents from interfering with their mission, even to the point of physically ejecting parents from their gay forums while threatening them with arrest, as they did at last December's "To Be GLAD Day" forum at Newton North.

This time, to ensure total secrecy, they banned all parents from attending last week's Safe Zone Workshop. At this point, they'd rather lock down the school and call in the cops before they'd let another parent into one of their clandestine gay forums.

The very existence of a GLBTQ Safe Zone would lead to the reasonable conclusion that gay students are both in danger and routinely harassed at Newton North, hence the necessity of a "Safe Zone" to prevent such harm to these seemingly persecuted students. If this is the case, then surely the North administration and the school department would be eager to produce evidence of such a pattern of harassment and discrimination against gay students, as it would be in their best interest to demonstrate to a skeptical public the dire need for such "Safe Zones."

Since there are state laws specifically designed to prohibit such harassment and discrimination against gay students, surely Superintendent Young and Principal Huntington can document the numerous violations of this law that would warrant the necessity for such "Safe Zones" at Newton North.

And if there really is a demonstrative pattern of discrimination and harassment against gay students, as logically presumed by the presence of "Safe Zones," then isn't it reasonable to conclude that the school department (led by Jeffrey Young) has been derelict in its duty for not protecting gay students?

Besides, if it's so dangerous, or at the very least, so inhospitable for Newton North gay students that the school must protect them with "Safe Zones," why would any of them want to attend school there? And if it really is so bad for these students, where are all the class-action suits, civil rights violations, or criminal complaints filed against the perpetrators of this anti-gay harassment and discrimination?

But the truth is Newton North is not unsafe for any group of students, gay or otherwise. The public knows this, and so does the school department. Because if any anti-gay violence or harassment occurred at Newton North, school administrators would be falling over each other to express their pain and outrage to the public and media.

And so we're confronted with the obvious conclusion that the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered "Safe Zone" at Newton North is just one more glaring example of the suffocating politically correct nonsense that students and parents are forced to put up with because of a small but zealous band of loathsome administrators, staff and School Committee members who should have been booted out of the Newton Public Schools long ago.


Elementary school teaching cross-dressing and transgenderism in the 3rd grade!

A mother confronts the radical edge of the homosexual agenda in the schools - is forced to remove her daughter from school.

Which is the worse horror -- an elementary school using a GLSEN homosexual activist to teach third-graders about cross-dressing and transgenderism, and that men can have operations to become women? Or a parent being harassed and hounded by the school and community activists for publicly complaining?

A pastor in Newton, Mass. writes a scathing column in the newspaper declaring that the "mirage of 'traditional family' is simply idolatry" and that "[g]ender configuration of the parents is irrelevant to what makes a family." Is this what the future holds? What madness is this?

Here's an article by a local newspaper columnist, who exposed the transgenderism and cross-dressing being pushed on children at Franklin Elementary School in Newton, Massachusetts.  Read about a mother's fight so save her daughter:

Nightmare at Franklin
By Tom Mountain - Newton Tab
Wednesday, November 8, 2006

Emer O'Shea knew something was wrong the minute she picked up her daughter from Franklin Elementary School. The third-grader was normally very perky upon seeing her mother and new baby sister, but this time she glanced at her mother without indicating what was wrong, except to say that the school's social worker had visited the class. But Emer soon heard from another parent about what had happened in her daughter's class that day, and she was both stunned and mortified. The next day her young daughter finally opened up with a question that would baffle most parents of an 8-year-old child, "Mommy, is it possible for a man to have an operation to become a woman?"

Transgenders and transvestites. These were the topics that a staff member at Franklin School in West Newton chose to teach to a class of third-grade children. The school's social worker described to the children that some men like to dress up as women, and yes, some men even have operations to change into women.

The opportunity for this "teachable moment" - the kind that Superintendent Jeff Young likes to portray as merely responding to some child's "random questioning"- occurred when the social worker was describing various families outside of the traditional mommy-and-daddy norm and showed the class a picture of a woman with two children, asking what they saw in the picture. A child then raised his hand to tell her (are you sitting sit down for this?) that he thought the picture was of a man who had a sex change operation and was now a woman. Apparently, the child's own father was undergoing such an operation (which he/she has since completed).

The social worker then elaborated on this "teachable moment." But this wasn't just any social worker employed by the Newton Public Schools. This was Laura Perkins, former board member of GLSEN, the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network; or rather, "Laura Perkins, MSW, Franklin School and the Newton Early Childhood Program," according to the GLSEN Boston Conference, where she hosted a seminar in which the "Rationale for integrating GLBT (Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender) issues in the early elementary years will be presented" and "classroom lessons demonstrated."

As a result of this particular "classroom lesson," Emer's daughter was petrified. For an 8-year-old accustomed to a child's world of Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny, the little girl had nightmares, and explained to her mother she was scared that her baby sister could turn into a boy.

So Emer did what any normal responsible parent would do - she demanded an explanation from the principal, Cynthia Marchand. She and several other parents from this class met with the principal who, according to Emer, responded defensively and fully backed her staff member.

Emer then went to Superintendent's Young's office with her concerns. She handed Mr. Young a written description of what happened, whereupon the superintendent promised to respond to her soon. He didn't. So after three weeks, she called to make an appointment. As Emer described it, Mr. Young remarked that the Parental Consent Law didn't apply to this situation because, he claimed, the topic of discussion was not planned for. He concluded that it was really just "a teachable moment."(When I asked the superintendent via e-mail if it is the policy of the Newton schools to teach 8-year-old children about sex change operations, he responded "No").

"Arrogant" is how Emer described the superintendent's demeanor towards her. He declined to shake her hand at the meeting's end, and didn't even bother to acknowledge the baby she was holding.

The superintendent wants us to believe that just because the class was taught by a GLSEN activist who has specialized in "integrating GLBT issues in the elementary years" and even though the principal, social worker and probably half the school knew that there was a child in that very class who just happened to have a father who was undergoing a sex change operation, there is no evidence that this was planned, or rather, set up. So, in Mr. Young's convoluted logic, the state law which mandates that parents must be informed whenever anything of a sexual nature occurs in the classroom did not apply here.

It just happened, you see. A mere coincidence. Just like a few years before when a Burr School first-grade teacher chose to out himself to his first-grade class. This was a hide-from-the-media moment for the superintendent, since it was later revealed in Bay Windows, the Boston gay weekly, that the teacher had discussed this probable scenario with his principal well in advance of his proclamation to his class of 6-year-olds.

Predictably, Emer got nowhere with the school administration. She went through the typical phases that any parent who raises these issues is forced to endure. The stalling, ignoring, belittling. The attempts to isolate her, put her on the defensive, make her feel like the aggressor - the intolerant, unsympathetic, backward parent: common tactics to make parents like Emer go away. After all, Mr. Young and his cohorts now have years of experience dealing with such parents.

But Emer would not go away.

Fed up at the lack of response from the school, she raised the issue in front of a large audience of staff and parents at Franklin's curriculum night. "Can we see the social worker's curriculum for this year, as last year there was inappropriate information given to the elementary-age children?" she publicly asked Cynthia Marchand. In other words, could the principal guarantee that staff members would not teach the young children about men having sex change operations? To which the principal responded that she would speak to Emer in private about it (a preferred tactic by Newton administrators). Emer would not back down; after 10 months of being ignored she demanded an answer right then and there. But the principal wouldn't budge.

As Emer described it, afterwards Mrs. Marchand coaxed her into her office, whereupon she loudly chastised Emer for "her inappropriate behavior." She berated Emer because (you'd better sit down again for this) the Franklin School father who had a sex change operation and was now a "woman" had been sitting in the audience with his wife (they're still married) when Emer broached this highly sensitive topic. "Cindy, stop shouting at me!" Emer responded to her child's principal. (My calls to the principal and social worker for comment were not returned, but Mr. Young did respond by e-mail: "No," the social worker and principal would not be suspended or reprimanded, he wrote. He ducked my question as to whether or not he intended to apologize to Mrs. O'Shea, stating that he and other staff had already "spoken with the parent already.")

Emer had enough. She decided to pull her daughter out of the Newton Public Schools and, at great expense, send her to a private school. (Mr. Young again responded "No" when I asked if the school department would be paying for the child's private school tuition). A few days later, she walked into the Franklin office once again, this time with her now fourth-grade daughter and infant baby to inform the principal and secretary that her child would no longer be attending Franklin School. "Good," Mrs. Marchand allegedly responded, in the presence of Emer, the secretary, a teacher and Emer's daughter. The principal then turned and walked away.

Think of that. Think real hard.


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