David Parker, parent of kindergartner, stands before Judge Robert McKenna in Concord District Court April 28 after spending the night in jail (Photo: Article 8 Alliance)
A Massachusetts school superintendent lifted a district-wide campus ban against a father arrested while attempting to secure a promise from school officials to notify parents before teaching about homosexuality in his son’s kindergarten class.
After nearly seven months, Lexington Superintendent of Schools Paul B. Ash will allow David Parker on school property without the threat of further arrest, but the district won’t change its policy on notifying parents, said Article 8 Alliance, a state group that lobbied against same-sex marriage.
As WorldNetDaily reported, criminal trespassing charges against Parker were dropped in October. He faced prosecution after he spent a night in jail in April in the town of Lexington for refusing to leave a scheduled meeting with officials at Estabrook Elementary School.
The ban was a source of contention among Parker’s supporters, who saw it as a punitive act of intimidation, since Parker had never demonstrated himself to be a danger to anyone, Article 8 said.
Article 8 said Ash met Nov. 15 with Parker and attorneys for both sides to discuss lifting the ban, but the superintendent gave no indication of his decision.
Saturday, Parker received a letter at his home from Ash saying that the ban was lifted.
But Article 8 said the move is certain to raise the anger of local homosexual activists, who formed an organization dedicated to opposing Parker and his efforts to get parental notification.
Moreover, the schools still refuse to notify Parker if they are discussing homosexuality or transgenderism with his son, now in first grade.
On Sept. 21 Ash published a statement in the local newspaper informing the town he told teachers they have no obligation to notify parents on subjects of homosexual relationships, even in lower grades.
Article 8 said that to bypass the state parental notification law, Ash used a “decision” from the state Department of Education on another matter, and “re-interpreted it.”
“To our knowledge, this order by Ash is the most arrogant, anti-parent act by any school system in the country regarding homosexuality and schoolchildren – essentially telling parents that they have no right to interfere with what the school decides to teach their kids about sexual morality,” an Article 8 statement said.
The dispute began last spring when Parker’s then-5-year-old son brought home a book to be shared with his parents titled, “Who’s in a Family?” The optional reading material, which came in a “Diversity Book Bag,” depicted at least two households led by homosexual partners.
David Parker’s son brought home the book ‘Who’s in a Family?’ in school’s ‘Diversity Book Bag’ (Image: Article 8 Alliance)
The illustrated book says, “A family can be made up in many different ways” and includes this text:
“Laura and Kyle live with their two moms, Joyce and Emily, and a poodle named Daisy. It takes all four of them to give Daisy her bath.”
Another illustrated page says:
“Robin’s family is made up of her dad, Clifford, her dad’s partner, Henry, and Robin’s cat, Sassy. Clifford and Henry take turns making dinner for their family.”
Parker complained to school officials, and at a scheduled meeting at Estabrook Elementary School April 27 with the principal and the town’s director of education, he was told an agreement could be reached.
But after the superintendent intervened via telephone, Parker abruptly was told that unless he left the meeting he would be arrested.
Parker insisted that an agreement be reached before he left, and school officials called police, who handcuffed him and brought him to jail, where he spent the night.