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Families file federal suit over 'gay' readings
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David Parker’s son brought home the book ‘Who’s in a Family?’ in school’s ‘Diversity Book Bag’ (Image: Article 8 Alliance)
Two Massachusetts families filed a federal lawsuit yesterday claiming their elementary school children were exposed in class to indoctrination about homosexuality without parental knowledge or permission.
Joseph and Robin Wirthlin and David and Tonia Parker argue in their lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Boston that district officials and staff at Estabrook Elementary School in Lexington violated state law and civil rights by indoctrinating their children about an immoral lifestyle, circumventing parental responsibilities.
Article 8 Alliance, a grass-roots organization opposed to same-sex marriage, said the lawsuit is sparking national interest, with NBC’s “Today” show and the MSNBC cable network expressing interest in coverage.
As WorldNetDaily reported, the controversy for the Wirthlins began March 24 when their second-grade son came home from school and repeated to his mother a story read to him earlier that day about men getting married to each other. His teacher had read the book “King and King” to the class, in which a prince won’t marry any princesses but instead falls in love with a princess’ brother and marries him in a big palace wedding.
The Wirthlins were particularly upset the teacher, Heather Kramer, argued parents could not opt out of the reading because same-sex marriage is legal in the state.
Kramer reportedly told the parents the theme of the day was “weddings” and the teacher wanted to present all points of view on the subject.
Article 8 Alliance reported other parents in the school claim Kramer attended a presentation last year by the Gay Lesbian & Straight Education Network on promoting homosexuality in the classroom.
The Parkers’ involvement began one year ago when David Parker faced prosecution for trespassing and spent a night in jail after confronting school officials about homosexuality being discussed in his son’s class.
The dispute began 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.
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 school 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.
The lawsuit, filed against the principal, teacher, school committee, education director and health coordinator says, “The reason why the defendants will not inform the Wirthlins is that the defendants specific intention is to coercively indoctrinate the children into moral belief systems that are markedly different from those of their parents.”
The school argues a state law permitting parents to pull their children applies only to classes in which such sensitive topics are the main focus.
WorldNetDaily reported two years ago of a North Carolina couple who also were outraged when “King and King” was read to their daughter’s first-grade class.
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