Gorham school officials apologize for Diversity Day discussion

7:30 PM, Nov 2, 2012   |    comments
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GORHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Gorham school officials are apologizing for a presentation at the middle school that parents say went too far.

"I don't want my child taught heterosexual foreplay, let alone homosexual foreplay in school. I don't think it's the place", said parent Kristy Howard.

  She said she was shocked when her son told her about the discussion.

A week ago Thursday the Civil Rights team at Gorham Middle School hosted representatives of a group called PRYSM, Proud Rainbow Youth of Southern Maine, to talk about gender diversity and discrimination.

School officials say it was a worthwhile presentation about tolerance that explored some hurtful topics that gay, lesbian and transgender teens experience. But during a question and answer period at the end, the discussion turned sexual in nature.

"This day went very, very well with the exception of that particular time and for that I apologize", said Principal Robert Riley.

Riley says he was alerted to the situation by teachers who felt uncomfortable. They said it happened so quickly they didn't know how to respond.

In an apology letter sent home to parents he wrote the presenters went beyond the scope of our intentions to topics not deemed appropriate.















































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