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Parents face court action for removing children from gay history school lessons

Parents face possible court action for withdrawing their children from lessons on gay and lesbian history.

More than 30 pupils were pulled out of a week of teaching at a primary school which included books about homosexual partnerships.

The controversial content was worked into the curriculum at George Tomlinson School in Waltham Forest, East London.

The council has declared that children who missed the lessons will be viewed as truants.

The ruling means some families could breach rules that children should not be absent for more than 19 days a year.

Sanctions include spot fines, parenting contracts and ultimately court action.

The parents, who objected to the lessons on moral and religious grounds, said the content was more appropriate to secondary age pupils.

Pervez Latif, whose children Saleh, ten, and Abdur-Rahim, nine, attend the school, said he knew of up to 30 withdrawals from the lessons.

The 41-year-old accountant said Christian and Muslim parents had objected to the theme linked to Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender History Month.

‘We as parents did not receive any guidance that this was going to happen,’ he added. ‘There was just a newsletter mentioning the week and that certain themes would be taught.

‘I didn’t want my children to be learning about this. I wrote a letter to the chairman of the governors explaining that I would be taking my children out of school and he wrote back saying that there was no other option.

‘If I am faced with court action, then I will just explain that these are my views. It was also very difficult explaining to my nine- and ten-year-old boys why they were being removed from school.

‘I found it difficult to explain topics such as homosexual relationships at such a young age.’

One story covered in a lesson was King and King, a fairytale about a prince who turns down three princesses before falling in love with one of their brothers.

Another book, And Tango Makes Three, features two male penguins, Roy and Silo, who fall in love at a New York zoo.

Sarah Saeed, 40, took her eight-year-old daughter out of school during the week.

She said: ‘It is not an appropriate age for the children to be learning such matters. We have our own way of explaining things to them and they should not be subjected to this.

‘I was aware they were going to be learning about homosexual relationships through stories.

‘If the council takes action against me I will tell them that I told the school beforehand I would be taking my child away if they did not change their policy.

‘She has a 100 per cent attendance record otherwise. This is the only time and this is the only choice I had.’

Parents have a legal right to withdraw their children from religious education and sex education lessons – apart from science lessons which cover biological reproduction as part of the national curriculum.

A spokesman for Waltham Forest Council said: ‘As part of the borough’s policy of promoting tolerance in our schools, children are taught that everyone in our society is of equal value.

‘At George Tomlinson, parents were invited to meet with teachers and governors several weeks ago to discuss what work would

be taking place throughout the national LGBT History Month and how this work would be delivered.

‘Regrettably, some parents chose to remove their children from school.

‘The council does not condone any unauthorised absence from school and action has been taken.’

Norman Wells, director of the Family Education Trust, said: ‘It is a fundamental principle of education law that children must be educated in accordance with the wishes of their parents.

'It is outrageous for a school or local authority to think it can ride roughshod over parents and impose lessons upon children that arouse such widespread concerns.

‘The only action that needs to be taken is to offer an apology to the parents concerned.’

George Tomlinson is close to a school which launched a gay version of Romeo and Juliet called Romeo and Julian – also to mark the alternative history month.

Daily Mail


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  • But it is ok if stinking muslims cry about gym class. The schools bow down to them when they cry.
    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=d08_1236411013

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  • I have to say i dont care who you choose as a partner , But to make my child sit thru that , i think fuck you , they have a choice too , whats up with all this choice shit , is it just one way ?? or what , fuck that crazy ass shit

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  • This is to every Britian. Last one out grab the flag.

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  • I do not believe that showing and teaching children about homosexuals is right,Young kids are just not complex enough to properly understand it.

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  • Everyone is an Ass. This world sucks, Next life boat I'm 'outta here.

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  • why should kids be exposed to this shit again?
    and why are homos alowd to adobt children again?

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  • Start home schooling your children, public schools are turning into a big fukin joke. More and more teachers are trying to spread their political beliefs on to our children.

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  • "There are gonna be kids who will be gay, and they will remember these primary school lessons as lessons of acceptance. Every other child will forget the lessons by Friday afternoon (unless their dumbfuck parents turn it into a huge issue)."

    BINGO!

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    • @smyle

      Why should anyone be forced to accept homosexuality? It is a bizarre, disgusting, lifespan shortening chosen behavior which is why society rejects such aberrant behaviors.

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  • and please dont show that picture of Bush and his partner , that was just damm scarry shit !!!

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  • 8 year old kids do not need this information, perhaps 12 or 13.
    Making it a criminal offense to choose to have you children opt out is BS.
    Indoctrination into the left's socialist desires is all this is....

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  • I agree with this being a difficult/intolerable situation for parents and children. These decisions,and this council needs to be put in check!

    But WTF is with all this "WORSE THAN HITLER" shit???

    How fucking retarded is a comment like that?

    Get real folks.

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    • UK is controlled by invisibles dictators BIG Brother with CCTV machines and in the other hand Liberals have already sold their country to Muzz!

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    • I understand all that. Um, I think it's been like that for a long long time! CCTV and Muzz is just the current flavor!

      But is this comparable to hitler's regime? or a prelude to extermination? I think not.

      Let's do a little experiment! Let's you and me follow this story for six months/a year/a decade? and see where it goes. It ain't gonna end in mass round ups of undesirables/gas chambers/multi-continental warfare!

      My prediction is that the parents will come out on top ,and the council/schoo More..

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  • They are trying to do the same thing here. It is not the role of schools to establish the belief systems of children. This is not an issue of tolerance, it is an issue of forcing your belief system on someone else. This is what they accuse Christians of doing all the time. But, they will do it with impunity for the "greater" good. Watch out US, we are next.

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    • if it isn't the role of the schools to establish the belief systems of the child then human sexuality in all its forms should be taught as part of biology classes

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    • @lasrever

      Using the logic homobigots like you spew, then I am sure you would include every manner of disgusting homosexual, beastiality, necrophilia, coprophilia, and every bizarre disgusting sex act imaginable.

      You homobigots are a menace to our children, a menace to our civil rights and a menace to society.

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  • Tail wagging the dog.

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  • LOL at the Picture.... that's great...

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  • I wonder what the plot for Romeo and Julian is. Perhaps it runs something like this:


    Romeo is spurned by Julian, who instead goes to the public baths and has sex with dozens of men each night. Finally, he finds that he does love Romeo, but then finds that he is infected with AIDS.

    what happens next is illrelevant, as who really cares about a couple of queers.

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  • give me a break

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  • Learning is an additive process. It's no wonder some kids are inept. Being forced to wear their parents blinders.

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  • no sympathy

    kids should learn about both sexualities

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  • Are they taught it is an illness of the simple minded.

    Public schools have turned into brainwashing facilities to mass produce sheeple

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  • As you tagged your upload with "brainwashing", 1984 and "indoctrination" I guess it's obvious where you stand on this issue.

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  • The tags on this post are crap. This is not about indoctrinating kids into homosexuality. This is about homophobic parents with screwed up priorities forcing their kids out of school.

    If you want to believe a fucking fairytale about a "spirit in the sky" good for ya ... but don't FORCE your kids to be as stupid as you.

    You could send me to GAY SCHOOL for eternity and I'd still die before kissing a stubbly chin.

    If you feel differently, perhaps you are gay and don't realize it. Sexua More..

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    • Excellent:

      "You could send me to GAY SCHOOL for eternity and I'd still die before kissing a stubbly chin."

      and agreed: "...Sexuality is not normally that malleable..."

      Good comment.

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    • You are so wrong here.
      I'm not homophobic, and have no problems with homosexuals but this is about the age at which children are taught about any form of sexual related topics, whether heterosexual or homosexual.
      And it's nothing to do with religion either, I have no religious beliefs.
      I do however firmly believe that many, if not all, primary school age children are not ready or able to effectively process this kind of information.
      I have apsolutely no problem with these kind of lessons in More..

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    • i dont have any problem with gays or retards but my child will not take that crap at such a young age ,it will be over my body ,whats wrong with u people ?u wanted equal right n u got it what else do u want turning all the future generation gay and lesbians ? u are crossing over ur borders its now normal people who get to fight back for their rights how disgusting is that

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    • I have a 5, 9, and 11 year old ... all in Primary School. I'd have reservations about sex education for Primary aged kids too, but this isn't what was happening. The lessons weren't "How to be Gay" or "How to have Bum sex" ... they were "How we stopped hating on Gays and learned acceptance of diversity".

      There would be kids in school with gay uncles, aunties, brothers, sisters, neighbors, etc. I'm sure they'd really benefit from hearing a grown up talk about homose More..

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    • Yep,

      I often hear people complain about sex education at school, this is compounded by the press (Like the Daily mail above) giving the impression that 6,7,8 year olds are learning about 'sex'.

      Complete bullshit, not only is it not called 'sex education' but what they are learning about is relationships, family and security (in a manner in which a child would understand).

      We have millions of those mindless, ignorant tabloid reading knuckle scrapers here in the UK that believe the warped and t More..

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  • Typical homobigotry attacking parents civil rights and attacking underage children.

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