4 Months Later, School Lets Parents See One-Sided Sex and Gender 'Pride' Videos It Showed to Kids
After four months, Emmaus High School in Emmaus, Penn. finally released links to four videos it showed to students this past spring, after a Christian law firm intervened to defend the rights of parents to know what the public school is showing their children. The school defended the videos as anti-bullying, but they promoted a one-sided agenda with which parents may not agree. The school had refused to make the videos public, arguing that they were students' private work.
"The URLs, which parents and the [American Family Association of Pennsylvania] had been told were all about anti-bullying, proved to be quite the opposite. They were very much promoting homosexuality and transgenderism to a captive audience of children," Dianne Gramley, president of the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Family Association (AFA), said in a news release Friday. She reported that parents had requested the videos going back to May, shortly after they were shown to a captive audience of students.
The school showed the videos to students in the morning announcements on April 27, which the LGBT activist group GLSEN has designated a "Day of Silence" to spread awareness of the bullying of LGBT people. Gramley joined local parents Michael Huff and Michelle Blagbrough in June, demanding the videos be shown to parents, so they could know what the school was promoting to their children.
Superintendent Michael Schiller refused to show the clips to the parents. "Student work and student expression must always be protected," Schilder told Allentown's The Morning Call. "A parent or a 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."
In her news release Friday, Gramley shot back against the idea that the videos were students' work. "Additionally, the released emails showed much collusion between administrators and faculty in the showing of these videos during homeroom the last week of April leading up to the Gay Day of Silence. It would be a stretch to describe this as a totally student-led activity."
The four videos briefly addressed bullying, but they mostly focused on presenting homosexuality and transgenderism as objects of pride.
The first video, "Show your Pride. Share your love. #ProudToLove," started with a montage of teens "coming out" to their parents, leading into many images of people of the same-sex kissing, and even featuring former President Barack Obama celebrating Pride Month.
The second video, "9 Questions Gay People Have for Straight People," pushed the myth of overpopulation and attacked the idea that same-sex weddings are different from opposite-sex weddings.
The third video, "Non-binary: The gender beyond he or she," advocated the "gender spectrum," showing people who identified as "agender" and asked to be referred to with special pronouns.