Parents take out ad chiding school for homosexual program

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DEERFIELD, Ill. — A group of Illinois parents took out a full-page newspaper article in their local newspaper March 1 demanding that Deerfield High School officials "rein in" the staff for promoting a one-sided view of homosexuality.

View a pdf of the confidentiality form and ad

Deerfield High Confidentiality Form Newspaper ad According to the Chicago Tribune, the ad was paid for by the North Shore Student Advocacy group, which wants the school to drop a mandatory freshman panel discussion that delves into homosexual issues. Concerned Women for America, a Christian-based public policy organization, reported that school officials, upon completion of the session, require students to sign a confidentiality agreement promising not to tell anyone—including their own parents—about the discussion.

Some parents complained the discussion, sponsored by the "Straight Gay Alliance Network," featured personal stories from gay and lesbian upperclassmen and included inappropriate discussions about high-risk behaviors.

"This is unbelievable," said Matt Barber, policy director for Cultural Issues with CWA.  "It's not enough that students at Deerfield High are being exposed to improper and offensive material relative to unhealthy and high-risk homosexual behaviors, but they've essentially been told by teachers to lie to their parents about it.

"This goes to the heart of the homosexual agenda. The professional propagandists in the 'gay-rights' lobby know the method all too well.  If you can maintain control of undeveloped and impressionable youth and spoon-feed them misinformation, lies and half-truths about dangerous, disordered and extremely risky behaviors, then you can control the future and ensure that those behaviors are not only fully accepted, but celebrated. That's what homosexual activists from GSA are attempting to do, and that's what DHS is clearly up to as well."

In an interview with Family News in Focus, Dr. Sue Hebson, vice-superintendent of the school district, said students were not required to sign a contract, but officials with CWA said they were told in a conversation they had with district Superintendent Dr. George Fornero that the district "made a mistake" by requiring children to sign the confidentiality agreement and that it would be entirely aboveboard and honest with parents in the future.

Even so, requests by parents to sit in on the discussion were denied by school officials.

Candi Cushman, education analyst for Focus on the Family Action, told CitizenLink that it is important for parents across the nation to realize that this is not an isolated incident.

"Schools in many states are opening their doors to outside gay-rights groups who conduct so-called gay-awareness events or diversity days," Cushman said. "And there are now more than 3,000 pro-gay clubs in high schools nationwide."

Barber agreed, calling the movement a threat to schoolchildren.

"Until DHS and other government schools across the country are made to stop promoting the homosexual agenda, kids will continue to be exposed to—and encouraged to participate in—a lifestyle that places them at high risk for life-threatening disease, depression and spiritual despair," Barber said.

Published, April 2007