Not everyone is thrilled with the idea of mandatory g/l/b/t lessons for children in public schools. Focus on the Family's James Dobson observed at a recent meeting of National Religious Broadcasters that it might seem an odd priority when 42% of American boys cannot read by the time they reach Grade 4. Well, he has a point. Especially if the Grade 4 boys at Marble Falls Elementary School in Texas are anything to judge by. They seem to have been using time for reading to practise their own sort of g/l/b/t education. It was during free reading time when everyone in the classroom, including the teacher, was supposed to be reading, that five Fourth Graders retreated to beanbag chairs at the back of the class and used their coats to hide themselves while they performed oral sex on each other. A student told the teacher. The boys (all nine and 10 years old), according to a report in the Austin American-Statesman March 26, admitted to taking part in the sexual activity last fall and ag ain in February.
You could say there was a "lack of acceptance" for the children's sexual preferences. Authorities were notified. The Marble Falls police are investigating. The children were suspended for a day before the March break and placed in an "alternative" classroom when they returned to school. Some speculate one of the children must have been abused. Where else would they learn about such lewd behaviour? (Or perhaps a past-president of the United States had been lurking somewhere near Marble Falls Elementary School.)
A mother of one child said her son was threatened into the activity by others in the group. But officials with the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services, which investigates allegations of child abuse, seems to have applied some of the NEA spirit towards the incident. The agency is not investigating, a spokeswoman said, "because it was child-on-child."
By Arturo Contreras
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