Subject: Day of Silence
I wanted to let you know this morning we had a community member and parent, Leanne M. call to voice her opposition to GSA’s Day of Silence. She believes that the activity is disruptive to the learning environment and that the group has a political message that should not be allowed in school. I explained that I would record and keep note of her objection to the club’s activity.
I wrote back to Mr. Johnson ...
Thank you Mr. Johnson.I would also like to add that Mr. Johnson was unaware of the sexual agenda that was put on the cards. I strongly object to the furthering of the homosexual agenda within our public schools. The words I used with Mr. Johnson were "political agenda" and not political message. There is a difference between the two.I have voiced my concerns over the GSA club because its primary purpose is to further their sexual orientation and truly, this is not necessary. They duplicate what the SAFE club already does, but the SAFE club does not have the sexual agenda.While I was writing, an email came in from Ted Jansen; Principal of the High School and here is what he said...
Sent: Friday, April 17, 2009 2:47 PM
Subject: RE: Day of Silence
She called last year too. Glad it was your turn. She is looking for a sympathetic ear and has not found one at NMHS on this particular topic.
I had a good chuckle over that and wrote back -
Oh my goodness, Mr. Jansen - I don't think you meant to copy me in on this.
Gee - educators that are not open to hearing another point of view.
Then, I finished the letter I was composing to reply to Mr. Johnson which ended like this...
And for the record, Mr. Jansen, I am not looking for a sympathetic ear. I am looking for educators and administrators to do their jobs and not further any one particular agenda which has nothing to do with the academics of the students at North Mason High School.Blessings
I called Mr. Jansen and told him that although I am only one voice, there are thousands of others who think like I do - that furthering sexual agendas at the public schools is nonsense. He told me that they were against bullying and harassment - I told him that they bully me when they do not listen to what I have to say and do not take into consideration that a community member objects to this club.
Mr Jansen then wrote me another email -
It’s OK, you know what we think about bullying, harassment, discrimination. We are opposed to all forms of discrimination, against any group.To which I replied -Mr. Jansen - great way to cover your tracks!I am also against bullying, harassment and discrimination, so I am glad we are on the same page.Blessings -
The sad part is that two days ago, the student body was in mourning for a young fourteen year old that was killed in a car accident as he was being driven to school by his brother. His brother Josh is in critical condition at our trauma care center in Seattle. The mourning students were very subdued and silent on Wednesday. This is a normal way of grieving - and I am shocked at the insensitivity of the administrators and the GSA club for having this day of silence so soon afterwards.