Getting into vulnerable kids' minds:
Massachusetts schools using "safe
zones" to counsel children who feel different - maybe they should "come
out" as gay!
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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?"
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Homosexuals brainwashing our children in elementary schools!
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Lexington, Massachusetts — David Parker, father of
6-year-old arrested —
spends night in jail over objections
to homosexual curriculum in son's kindergarten class!