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Students' kiss not just a kiss
Sydney Morning Herald ^ | November 17, 2003 | Ylan Mui

Posted on 11/17/2003 7:15:10 AM PST by scripter

You've seen Britney and Madonna. Now a US high school has seen two 17-year-olds, Katherine Pecore and Stephanie Haaser, lock lips on top of a lunch table.

The result? Two-day suspensions, a school protest and 15 minutes of fame.

"It wasn't an affection thing. It was really just a statement," Katherine said.

The girls say the kiss was staged to protest against homophobia. It happened in the middle of lunch at River Hill High School in Maryland.

Stephanie's English teacher had asked his students to perform a "nonconformist act" as part of a course on transcendentalist authors such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. Most students opted for little indiscretions - calling teachers by their first names, for example.

But Stephanie had a more dramatic idea. The pair climbed on top of a lunch table and shouted, "End homophobia now!" Then the girls, both heterosexual, made out for an estimated 10 to 15 seconds.

"It was intense," Katherine said. There was stunned silence in the crowded cafeteria. But soon staff and students could talk about little else. The two girls were suspended from school for two days for being disruptive, not for the kiss, said the principal, Scott Pfeifer. There is no policy against kissing in the cafeteria.

But the kiss has eclipsed their message. Only two students showed up at a protest against homophobia that the suspensions prompted.

But a much larger audience tuned in Thursday night when the girls' story made it to CNN. On Friday morning, Stephanie and her mother were on Good Morning America defending the kiss to host Charles Gibson.

At the school, Katherine said, teachers often allow students to use phrases such as: "Oh, that's gay" or trash-talk classmates they believe to be homosexual.

Mr Pfeifer said there was some insensitivity, but he was working with a committee to investigate homophobia.

As for the media, "They don't care about our message," Katherine said. "They care because the whole lesbian kiss thing, because that sells."


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1 posted on 11/17/2003 7:15:13 AM PST by scripter
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To: *Homosexual Agenda; EdReform; scripter; GrandMoM; backhoe; Yehuda; Clint N. Suhks; saradippity; ...
Ping.
2 posted on 11/17/2003 7:15:35 AM PST by scripter (Thousands have left the homosexual lifestyle)
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To: scripter
Boing!
3 posted on 11/17/2003 7:16:41 AM PST by Hemingway's Ghost
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To: scripter
Children of very liberal parents, I'm sure.
4 posted on 11/17/2003 7:17:27 AM PST by I_Love_My_Husband
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To: scripter
In my school, they would have been suspended just for standing on the lunch table, never mind the kiss. Pretty thoughtless and crude, putting their dirty feet where people eat. But they had to make their statement, eh?
5 posted on 11/17/2003 7:18:20 AM PST by KellyAdmirer
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To: KellyAdmirer
And if they had simply made out, without the shouted announcement, they wouldn't have been suspended? I wonder...
6 posted on 11/17/2003 7:20:56 AM PST by Choose Ye This Day (Feet firmly planted in flyover country. And proud of it.)
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To: scripter
"Stephanie and her mother were on Good Morning America defending the kiss to host Charles Gibson. "

What a great parent. NOT! No wonder the kid is a loon.

7 posted on 11/17/2003 7:21:33 AM PST by Reagan is King
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To: scripter
They still know little about English literature but they are good at "nonconformist acts". Your tax dollars at work.
8 posted on 11/17/2003 7:22:08 AM PST by Taliesan
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To: scripter
I say we should all panic!
Well, either you're closing your eyes
To a situation you do now wish to acknowledge
Or you are not aware of the caliber of disaster indicated
By the presence of a pool table in your community.
Ya got trouble, my friend, right here,
I say, trouble right here in River City.
Why sure I'm a billiard player,
Certainly mighty proud I say
I'm always mighty proud to say it.
I consider that the hours I spend
With a cue in my hand are golden.
Help you cultivate horse sense
And a cool head and a keen eye.
Never take and try to give
An iron-clad leave to yourself
From a three-reail billiard shot?
But just as I say,
It takes judgement, brains, and maturity to score
In a balkline game,
I say that any boob kin take
And shove a ball in a pocket.
And they call that sloth.
The first big step on the road
To the depths of deg-ra-Day--
I say, first, medicinal wine from a teaspoon,
Then beer from a bottle.
An' the next thing ya know,
Your son is playin' for money
In a pinch-back suit.
And list'nin to some big out-a-town Jasper
Hearin' him tell about horse-race gamblin'.
Not a wholesome trottin' race, no!
But a race where they set down right on the horse!
Like to see some stuck-up jockey'boy
Sittin' on Dan Patch? Make your blood boil?
Well, I should say.
Friends, lemme tell you what I mean.
Ya got one, two, three, four, five, six pockets in a table.
Pockets that mark the diff'rence
Between a gentlemen and a bum,
With a capital "B,"
And that rhymes with "P" and that stands for pool!
And all week long your River City
Youth'll be frittern away,
I say your young men'll be frittern!
Frittern away their noontime, suppertime, choretime too!
Get the ball in the pocket,
Never mind gittin' Dandelions pulled
Or the screen door patched or the beefsteak pounded.
Never mind pumpin' any water
'Til your parents are caught with the Cistern empty
On a Saturday night and that's trouble,
Oh, yes we got lots and lots a' trouble.
I'm thinkin' of the kids in the knickerbockers,
Shirt-tail young ones, peekin' in the pool
Hall window after school, look, folks!
Right here in River City.
Trouble with a capital "T"
And that rhymes with "P" and that stands for pool!
Now, I know all you folks are the right kinda parents.
I'm gonna be perfectly frank.
Would ya like to know what kinda conversation goes
On while they're loafin' around that Hall?
They're tryin' out Bevo, tryin' out cubebs,
Tryin' out Tailor Mades like Cigarette Feends!
And braggin' all about
How they're gonna cover up a tell-tale breath with Sen-Sen.
One fine night, they leave the pool hall,
Headin' for the dance at the Arm'ry!
Libertine men and Scarlet women!
And Rag-time, shameless music
That'll grab your son and your daughter
With the arms of a jungle animal instink!
Mass-staria!
Friends, the idle brain is the devil's playground!

People:
Trouble, oh we got trouble,
Right here in River City!
With a capital "T"
That rhymes with "P"
And that stands for Pool,
That stands for pool.
We've surely got trouble!
Right here in River City,
Right here!
Gotta figger out a way
To keep the young ones moral after school!
Trouble, trouble, trouble, trouble, trouble...

Harold:
Mothers of River City!
Heed the warning before it's too late!
Watch for the tell-tale sign of corruption!
The moment your son leaves the house,
Does he rebuckle his knickerbockers below the knee?
Is there a nicotine stain on his index finger?
A dime novel hidden in the corn crib?
Is he starting to memorize jokes from Capt.
Billy's Whiz Bang?
Are certain words creeping into his conversation?
Words like 'swell?"
And 'so's your old man?"
Well, if so my friends,
Ya got trouble,
Right here in River city!
With a capital "T"
And that rhymes with "P"
And that stands for Pool.
We've surely got trouble!
Right here in River City!
Remember the Maine, Plymouth Rock and the Golden Rule!
Oh, we've got trouble.
We're in terrible, terrible trouble.
That game with the fifteen numbered balls is a devil's tool!
Oh yes we got trouble, trouble, trouble!
With a "T"! Gotta rhyme it with "P"!
And that stands for Pool!!!

9 posted on 11/17/2003 7:22:10 AM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: scripter
"End homophobia now?"

That is so gay.
10 posted on 11/17/2003 7:23:50 AM PST by SerpentDove (www.neatophotos.com)
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To: scripter
(Parody of "As time goes by")

A kiss is just a kiss,
A sigh is just a sigh,
A thigh is just a thigh,
I wonder when the freaks will stop,
As time goes by.

11 posted on 11/17/2003 7:23:57 AM PST by Enterprise
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To: scripter
> Stephanie's English teacher had asked his students to perform a "nonconformist act"

Learn to read and write? Clean room? Go to church?

12 posted on 11/17/2003 7:25:43 AM PST by T'wit
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To: scripter
I'd like to think that in the U.S. this info (names and 'sexual orientation') of the students would not be published without parental consent. But I'm not naive enough to think that students haven't already done this here, several times over.....thanks to Brittany, Christina, and Madonna.
13 posted on 11/17/2003 7:26:29 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: I_Love_My_Husband
Children of very liberal parents, I'm sure.

Indeed. Well, at least one of 'em.

14 posted on 11/17/2003 7:28:24 AM PST by scripter (Thousands have left the homosexual lifestyle)
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To: Taliesan
Yes, because for Emerson and Thoreau to really sink in, you just have to experience a non-conformist act for yourself...

What will this teacher do if an author like Hemingway or Fitzgerald comes up? Suggest to the kids that they should really get loaded on liquor (or worse)?

15 posted on 11/17/2003 7:32:47 AM PST by Lou L
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To: scripter
Stephanie and her mother were on Good Morning America

Her other mother was at work at Home Depot and couldn't make it...

17 posted on 11/17/2003 7:34:47 AM PST by TheBigB (One picture is worth a thousand dollars, but the sheep has to be wearing lipstick.)
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To: scripter
Life imitating Tart
18 posted on 11/17/2003 7:37:44 AM PST by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: I_Love_My_Husband
It happened in the middle of lunch at River Hill High School in Maryland

One of the most affluent areas in the state. .. Probably just a couple of upper middle class, brainwashed nitwits; who probably get drunk , smoke pot, and have sex on the weekends while their parents are too busy with work and play to give a darn. IMO.

19 posted on 11/17/2003 7:38:21 AM PST by Nonstatist
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To: I_Love_My_Husband
The parents were proud!
20 posted on 11/17/2003 7:38:52 AM PST by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: scripter
There is no policy against kissing in the cafeteria.

Public School?.....Wouldnt want this idiot watching over my kids for 8 hrs a day...

21 posted on 11/17/2003 7:39:35 AM PST by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: Reagan is King
I heard Stephanie call in to WMAL.

She's well down the path of liberal lunacy. "My politics are very liberal..."
22 posted on 11/17/2003 7:40:40 AM PST by IGOTMINE (This tagline vacant...like the DNC platform)
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To: Lou L
What will this teacher do if an author like Hemingway or Fitzgerald comes up?

Options:

- Get liquored up on mojitos
- Get liquored up on wine
- Get liquored up on whiskey
- Get liquored up on vodka
- Get liquored up on gin
- Pass out (Fitzgerald)
- Insult everyone around you, get into a bar fight (Hemingway)
- Get liquored up and go to a bull fight
- Get liquored up and go fishing
- Get liquored up and go hunting
- Have sex with your friends' wives (Hemingway)
- Go visit your wife in the mental hospital (Fitzgerald)
- Have a nervous breakdown

It's all good.
23 posted on 11/17/2003 7:43:31 AM PST by Hemingway's Ghost
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To: T'wit
" Stephanie's English teacher had asked his students to perform a "nonconformist act"

How about, put an apostrophe in the wrong place....sheesh....English teachers not teaching ENGLISH is one of the PROBLEMS with education!

24 posted on 11/17/2003 7:47:36 AM PST by goodnesswins (We are living in fantastic times....the breakup of the US DEM-Commie Party is in progress)
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To: scripter
As for the media, "They don't care about our message," Katherine said. "They care because the whole lesbian kiss thing, because that sells."

I'd have to agree...

25 posted on 11/17/2003 7:52:34 AM PST by the_devils_advocate_666
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To: IGOTMINE
"My politics are very liberal..."

I'm SHOCKED! SHOCKED, I say!

26 posted on 11/17/2003 7:56:44 AM PST by TheBigB (Teddy Kennedy wouldn't know the American mainstream if he drove his car into it.)
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To: scripter
he was working with a committee to investigate homophobia.

Bwahhahhaahaa

27 posted on 11/17/2003 7:57:26 AM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: scripter
It was a publicity stunt for fame meant to get a reaction. That's all it was. Anytime two chicks kiss, guys watch.
28 posted on 11/17/2003 7:59:31 AM PST by Dan from Michigan ("Today's music ain't got the same soul. I like that old time Rock N Roll" - Bob Seger)
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To: scripter

I hope the NFL doesn't see this.
29 posted on 11/17/2003 8:15:40 AM PST by HEY4QDEMS
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To: scripter
Anyone have a guess as to how long it will be until these two show up in Chatsworth?
30 posted on 11/17/2003 8:22:54 AM PST by Redcloak (Is this thing on?)
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To: darkfalcon
goodbye
32 posted on 12/14/2003 3:24:23 PM PST by conservativefromGa (Who be John Galt?)
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