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September 6, 2022
MONTANA WOMEN FOR…
Special Livingston School Board meeting:
5 pm – 7 pm, Thursday, September 8th , Park High School Library
Agenda: Consideration of additional personnel action in regards to the East Side Librarian
On May 31st, Librarian Jessica Hanson gave a presentation entitled “Pride, A Celebration of the LGBTQAI+ Community” to East Side Elementary third grade students. The presentation outline is available HERE (posted by an anti-LGBTQ organization !)
Some Livingston parents have besieged the School Board with outrage that they were not notified in advance that their children would be exposed to material dealing with sexual orientation. They demanded that Ms. Hanson be fired for violating Montana law. Accusations were made that she was engaged in “grooming” and promoting sexual activity. June is National Pride month, and this was essentially a history lesson. There was NO promotion of sexual activity, and so a good argument can be made that the law does not even apply to this material.
The recent Montana Legislature did pass Senate Bill 99, which mandates prior notification and that materials regarding sex be made available to parents and inform them of their right to withdraw their child from those classes.
Sexual orientation is one of six components of sex education, according to the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS a nonprofit organization that advances sex education through advocacy, policy and coalition building.
Ms. Hanson has been reprimanded.
Folks who are not clamoring for her firing NEED TO COME FORWARD and defend Ms. Hanson, AND endorse education of our children that includes the history of discrimination and pain caused by persecution of the LGBTQAI+ Community and information on positive support systems now available for struggling youngsters.
This Special Board meeting will be well attended by angry Christian fundamentalists.
Please consider attending or at least sending a comment to Board members.
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