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|NUMBER 181||THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS||FEBRUARY 2001|
|ACLU Piloting 'Safe Schools' Program|
The ACLU is getting into the act of supporting sexual diversity instruction in the schools with a project called "Making Schools Safe." Last fall, the newspaper Southern Voice (10-26-00) outlined the group's plans to pilot the program in three states - Georgia, Indiana and Kentucky - to teach children acceptance of homosexuality. Atlanta schools are reportedly first on the list for the program.
Georgia Insight newsletter (Jan. 2001) states that a national Gay & Lesbian Task Force conference in Atlanta last November unveiled the program by informing attendees that the Georgia ACLU would begin a push in January to get the "safe schools" program - which reportedly targets "hate speech" for "eradication" - into Atlanta's high schools and middle schools.
"Under the guise of 'Making Schools Safe,'" notes Georgia Insight, "local chapters of GLSEN and PFLAG will provide contacts to train teachers to handle 'homophobic' statements, answer students' classroom questions about homosexual issues and handle parents who object to sexual orientation indoctrination."
The ACLU described its approach as follows: "The program is actually aimed at helping schools avoid the lawsuits that could arise from not protecting gay and lesbian students from discrimination. . . . 'It's the exact opposite side of the coin that we're playing,' said Don George, president of Georgia ACLU. 'We'll be going into schools saying, Hi, we're from the ACLU, but we're not here to sue you. We're here to show you how to prevent yourself from being sued.' "