Thursday, May 13, 2010

California school officials investigate alleged oral sex act in classroom

There are some standards in Californian schools? Only when something gets publicity

A US teacher is accused of ignoring two students engaged in a sex act in the middle of a packed classroom. KTLA said the incident at Haydock Intermediate School in Oxnard, California, took place in the middle of a packed classroom while other students watched a film.

An eighth-grade boy and a seventh-grade girl were reportedly involved.

Students allegedly filmed the act on their mobile phones and also took photos. The teacher who reportedly ignored the incident has been placed on paid administration leave while investigations take place.

The two students at the centre of the controversy are still attending the school.

A parent, Sylvia Ramirez, who also works at the school cafeteria, said she had seen a video of the act. "It sickens me," she said. "This is serious, very serious, and they didn't take it seriously. I don't recall signing school documents that told me I was going to sign up for a live sex show in the classroom."

Assistant Superintendent Sean Goldman said school officials were tipped off about the alleged encounter, which took place in early April, when they were investigating a parent’s complaint about a bullying issue.


Catholic school won't admit lesbians' son

A Catholic school that stands up for Catholic teachings! Rather rare

A ROMAN Catholic school in Massachusetts has withdrawn its acceptance of an eight-year-old boy with lesbian parents, saying their relationship was "in discord" with church teachings, according to one of the boy's mothers.

It's at least the second time in recent months that students have not been allowed to attend a US Catholic school because of their parents' sexual orientation, with the other instance in Colorado.

The Massachusetts woman, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of concerns about the effect of publicity on her son, said she planned to send the boy to St Paul Elementary School in Hingham in the (northern)autumn.

But she said she learned her son's acceptance was rescinded during a conference call on Tuesday with principal Cynthia Duggan and the parish priest, Father James Rafferty.

"I'm accustomed to discrimination, I suppose, at my age and my experience as a gay woman," the mother said. "But I didn't expect it against my child."

Father Rafferty said her relationship "was in discord with the teachings of the Catholic Church", which holds marriage is only between a man and woman, the woman said.

Father Rafferty and Ms Duggan did not respond to requests for comment.

Terrence Donilon, a spokesman for the Boston Archdiocese, said it learned about the school's decision yesterday. He said the archdiocese is now in "consultation with the pastor and principal to gather more information". Mr Donilon said the archdiocese does not have a policy prohibiting the children of same-sex couples from attending its schools.


Student Group Disbanded After Blacks-Only Field Trip

The Michigan school district investigating whether an elementary school field trip that excluded white students was illegal has disbanded the black-students-only academic support group that participated in the outing two weeks ago. “We have essentially put it on hold while we wait for the final determination on the investigation into possible violation of the State's Proposal 2,” Ann Arbor School District spokeswoman Liz Margolis told

Thirty members of the Dicken Elementary School’s AA Lunch Bunch, a support group designed to bridge the gap in test scores between white and black students, were taken on a field trip two weeks ago to meet Alec Gallimore, an African-American rocket scientist who is an aerospace engineering professor and propulsion lab director at the University of Michigan.

The school principal, Mike Madison, who is black, helped organize the trip, saying he hoped to encourage the students to pursue a career in the sciences. Hoping to quell rising tensions over the black-students-only outing, Madison sent a lengthy letter home to parents in which he explained the reasoning behind the trip.

He admitted, however, that it could have been “approached and arranged in a better way.” “The intent of our field trip was not to segregate or exclude students, as has been reported, but rather to address the societal issues, roadblocks and challenges that our African-American children will face as they pursue a successful academic education here in our community,” Madison wrote.

But instead of quashing tensions, the letter fueled a week of controversy and an onslaught of parental complaints that culminated late last week in the school district’s launch of an investigation into whether the field trip violated Proposal 2, a new state law that bans racial favoritism in public schools.

The investigation is ongoing, and the Lunch Break will be out to lunch until it's wrapped up. “It is likely this lunch program will be reworked to serve more students who are not testing at proficient or above on the state assessment tests,” said Margolis, who last week told that the principal's motives were not in question.

“Except for the final advice from our legal on the Proposal 2 issue and working with the school parents, staff and students on some further conversations and plans around the school's assessment, there is nothing else to decide.”


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