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|NUMBER 123||THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS||APRIL 1996|
|Panel Slams Schools for Passing Out Condoms
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The House Economic and Education Opportunities Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations heard from parents concerned with sex education in school on Dec. 6. The panel discussed how "parents need to reclaim their roles as primary teachers of values to their children." Major topics of concern included condom distribution and homosexual lifestyle choices. Nancy Maclone, representing 3,000 parents in the town of Falmouth, Massachusetts, told how the school board voted to distribute condoms in school after the parents strongly opposed the action.
Parents representing all sides of the sex education debate were present. Warren Grantham, a parent from St. Paul, Minnesota told of being ridiculed as a "homophobe" because he openly opposed a state-produced booklet that, he said, "very blatantly advocates the gay and lesbian lifestyle." Sandy Martinez of Chelmsford, Mass., recounted how her daughter had been told to attend a "safe sex" program or risk detention. Parent Mary Griffith of Portland, Oregon, told of her homosexual son committing suicide after being teased at school by his peers.
Congressmen present at the hearing included Rep. Barney Frank, a homosexual, Rep. Lynn Woolsey, who has a homosexual son, and Rep. Tom Sawyer. Rep. Sawyer, like many Congressmen, asked, "What would you have us to do?" "I'd like to be able to send my children to school to get an education, not indoctrination," said Grantham.