The Parents of the R-III School District consider the ACLU lawsuit concerning the school Internet filters, as interference of parental rights and a wedge between their Parental responsibility for THEIR children's welfare.
The Parents of the R-III School District consider the ACLU lawsuit concerning the school Internet filters, as interference of parental rights and a wedge between their Parental responsibility for THEIR children's welfare. The ACLU is inserting themselves between the parent’s responsibilities and the minor child. Unlocking these filters means that LGBT sites as well as more explicit sites are both open and available on all computer stations throughout the school district and that includes the grade schools. The fact that 1st and 2nd graders can see this information along with high schools students is inappropriate. This is age appropriate information.
R-III District ran a “script-error” fix that unlocked non-sexual LGBT supportive web sites. They reboot their servers and ran the updates. The majority of the web sites referenced in ACLU’s complaint were opened to District school children by February 14th. This effort was not taken into consideration by Judge Laughrey, who ordered ALL filtered sites to be open. This Judge and the ACLU do not take into consideration that LGBT issues are not content-neutral, that they are dealing with under aged minors and the parents legal responsibilities and authorities.
The ACLU’s concerns about LGBT issues and rights are adult issues and not suitable for minor children. It is an age appropriate subject matter. ACLU needs to understand that LGBT issues should be discussed between the child and their parents. This wedge that the ACLU has introduced through their lawsuit, cuts off all communications between the Child and Parent. These types of skills are learned and need to be perfected between the Parent and Child.
By inserting themselves between the Parent and Child, this communication line is coldly cut off. The ACLU, with their law suit, gives the impression that they know better than the parent on this issue. The Parent has just as much to say and to learn about LGBT issues as the child does. They should be allowed to learn, discuss and decide together. Don’t misunderstand, this issue needs be discussed. It should not be legislatively litigated from the bench by the Courts to usurp the legal authority of parental rights.
Bullying: This is a separate issue and needs to be addressed as inappropriate aggressive behavior. A person who uses this type of aggressive behavior will bully whether it be a LGBT issue or not. Bully’s use this tactic to intimidate, mistreat and harass no matter what the reason may be. This type of aggression should be treated as a behavioral problem. Bullying should not be treated as the only problem of discrimination against LGBT persons.
Rape and pedophilia is a real issue when you talk about minors who involve themselves in personal relationships. Children act things out and try things out. They investigate. LGBT persons have just as much to lose if they involve themselves with a minor and don’t know it. Just as a man who thinks the young woman he is involved with is of age and later finds out that she is under age, he is taken to court, tried and convicted; he is put on a long list of pedophiles because this young girl looked older and wasn’t. ACLU never addresses this issue and should. LGBT persons have just as much to lose if they engage with under aged minors.
The ACLU needs to put their hat on straight with LGBT issues. They are dealing with minors, under aged children, with a subject matter that should be considered age appropriate. Parents and children should be allowed to discuss this issue together and learn together.
This responsibility should not be taken away from the Parent. Litigating parental rights away from the legitimate parents and turning it over to an institution is cold, impersonal and unsympathetic. They need to respect parental rights and protect LGBT persons against potential law suit.
-Jane Boyce, Lake Area Conservative Club