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Sign of the Times-Prep Yearbook Staff Votes to Include 2 Girls As 'Cutest Couple,' Students Walk Out
AP Wire ^ | December 15, 2002 | Martha Irvine

Posted on 12/15/2002 3:26:29 PM PST by ewing

Last week District Superintendent Robert Berry wrote a letter praising the students at Crete Montee High.

'I am proud to say that while other schools continue to address issues such as alienation, bullying and hate crimes, we have a student body that not only accepts student differences, but also celebrates them.'

Upset some parents and community members have called to complain and written letters to the editor of local newspapers.

(Excerpt) Read more at ap.tbo.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: controversy; cutestcouple; homosexualagenda; lesbos; nopics; students; yearbook
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1 posted on 12/15/2002 3:26:29 PM PST by ewing
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To: mhking
Hold muh yearbook and look at this alert!
2 posted on 12/15/2002 3:28:25 PM PST by ewing
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To: *Homosexual Agenda
bump
3 posted on 12/15/2002 3:30:02 PM PST by Fish out of Water
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To: ewing
District Superintendent Robert Berry wrote a letter praising the students at Crete Montee High. 'I am proud to say that while other schools continue to address issues such as alienation, bullying and hate crimes, we have a student body that not only accepts student differences, but also celebrates them.'

We were asleep at the switch during the 1990's.
The perverts are now runninjg the institutions.


4 posted on 12/15/2002 3:31:23 PM PST by ppaul
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To: Fish out of Water
I wonder if they will be Prom King and Queen as well?
5 posted on 12/15/2002 3:31:46 PM PST by ewing
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To: EdReform; scripter
Ping.
6 posted on 12/15/2002 3:32:08 PM PST by ppaul
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To: ewing
I wonder if they will be Prom Porn King and Queen as well?
7 posted on 12/15/2002 3:33:19 PM PST by ppaul
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To: ppaul
Illinois Crete Monee High School http://cretesrv.cm201u.will.k12.il.us/cmhs
8 posted on 12/15/2002 3:34:20 PM PST by ewing
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To: ppaul
Roberta Berry Phd. and Superintendent
9 posted on 12/15/2002 3:37:45 PM PST by ewing
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To: Fish out of Water
better link http://ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGASYWGFR9D.html
10 posted on 12/15/2002 3:39:45 PM PST by ewing
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To: ewing
Waddaya expect from CRETINS? :)
11 posted on 12/15/2002 3:44:49 PM PST by NativeNewYorker
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To: ewing
We had a problem here just over a year ago with a yearbook at Mt. Vernon High School in Fairfax County. To date the principle, Mrs. Crocker, has refused to answer my complaint.

The yearbook contained a picture showing 4 young African-American women under a large sign which had been partially blocked by their heads.

The sign said:

N I G

My letter to the local NAACP has also gone unanswered.

All we want is an assurance that this sort of racist trickery will not be included in future yearbooks.

We have now guessed just who it is who did this - one of the girls in the picture was on the yearbook staff, and Lord forbid that the principal counsel African-Americans about anti-black slurs and slanders that go into a yearbook that other people pay for! After all, that would be to suggest that modern rap music which is constantly labeling AA women as "ho's" may very well be offensive.

12 posted on 12/15/2002 3:46:32 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: NativeNewYorker
Just another day in our educational system..
13 posted on 12/15/2002 3:47:40 PM PST by ewing
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To: ppaul
The one that looks like Rosie O' Doughnuts can be Prom king..
14 posted on 12/15/2002 3:48:52 PM PST by ewing
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To: ewing
How many of the guys voted for them, just so they could hope to catch a glimpse of some Sappho action at the prom?
15 posted on 12/15/2002 3:50:42 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: ppaul
These are kids. We may not agree with their sexual orentation but back off, it may change. I could find far worse for my own two girls to turn out as than homosexual.
16 posted on 12/15/2002 3:55:24 PM PST by ShadowDancer
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To: ppaul
Superintendent DingleBerry......these so-called educators are nuts.....
17 posted on 12/15/2002 3:57:49 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: anniegetyourgun
"Morality?"
"We don't got no morality."
"We don't need no stinkin' morality!"

/sarcasm

19 posted on 12/15/2002 4:40:09 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: ppaul
The perverts are now running the institutions.

Amen!

20 posted on 12/15/2002 4:41:01 PM PST by FormerLib
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To: ewing
Been there done this.
More likely the kids used it as an excuse to take a day off.
21 posted on 12/15/2002 4:41:15 PM PST by Saturnalia
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To: ewing
Is the yearbook staff all guys?
22 posted on 12/15/2002 4:48:52 PM PST by Trailerpark Badass
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To: dfwgator
A good election campaign trick!
23 posted on 12/15/2002 4:52:43 PM PST by ewing
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To: Trailerpark Badass
Future editors of 'Maxim' magazine probably.
24 posted on 12/15/2002 4:53:38 PM PST by ewing
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To: Saturnalia
Man, I wish I would have thought of that while I was going to school!
25 posted on 12/15/2002 4:54:30 PM PST by ewing
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To: ewing
a student body that not only accepts student differences, but also celebrates them.

Skinhead Neo-Nazis are also different. Just because someone is "different" does not grant them any moral status based on their being different. In the world of moral relativism there can be no good or bad.

26 posted on 12/15/2002 4:54:54 PM PST by Blue Screen of Death
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To: ppaul; buffyt; L.N. Smithee; conserve-it; g'nad; Clint N. Suhks; Buffalo Bob; SiKKuS; Yakboy; ...
Thanks for the ping. At this time post 10 has a better link, or I should say the only working link to the original.

Homosexual Agenda

27 posted on 12/15/2002 4:54:57 PM PST by scripter
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To: Blue Screen of Death
I don't think that this school would be 'celebrating' that diversity of a christian after school club quite as enthustiacally
28 posted on 12/15/2002 4:57:23 PM PST by ewing
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To: ewing
I wish my class had more cute lesbians.
Put our wishes together and it is a win/win situation!
29 posted on 12/15/2002 5:01:48 PM PST by Saturnalia
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To: ShadowDancer
I could find far worse for my own two girls to turn out as than homosexual.

Oh really, a life of filth and degradation doesn’t make your “far worst” list? What… did you go back for seconds on the homosexual propaganda Kool-Aid?

30 posted on 12/15/2002 5:38:43 PM PST by Clint N. Suhks
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To: ewing
I wonder if they will be Prom King and Queen as well?

Will they fight over which will be which?

32 posted on 12/15/2002 7:19:15 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: onetimeatbandcamp
filth and degradation doesn't describe any of the lesbians i know.

First, anecdotal evidence is a poor basis for logic.

2. Let’s look at the definition of filth and degradation shall we?
Filth b: moral corruption or defilement
Degradation b: moral or intellectual decadence,
does any of this ring a bell?

Or C. Maybe you’re a moral relativist and morality is each its own. Then filth and degradation doesn't describe any of the incestuals, bestials or pedophiles with consent I KNOW.

33 posted on 12/15/2002 9:22:13 PM PST by Clint N. Suhks
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To: ewing
Here is the email I just sent to Martha Irvine, the AP reporter who authored the story:

In your story about the girls who were voted "Cutest couple" by Illinois high school seniors, you wrote the following:

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"Upset, some parents and community members have called to complain and written letters to the editor of local newspapers. But others are supportive - a sign, students say, that times are changing."
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The remainder of the story -- 531 words out of total of 734 -- is about the students and others who are supportive.

The "parents and community members" who objected -- apparently, some who did so on the record in newspapers -- are not quoted. But the supportive superintendent, four supportive students, and a supportive student nurse were quoted.

Was this a news story or an editorial? Can you explain why it is so biased in favor of those who approve of the situation as it stands? Aren't readers entitled to all the facts, and not just the facts you want them to hear?

I eagerly await your response.

L.N. Smithee
LNSimho@aol.com



34 posted on 12/15/2002 10:11:18 PM PST by L.N. Smithee
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To: ShadowDancer
These are kids. We may not agree with their sexual orentation but back off, it may change.

Congratulations! According to the people behind pro-gay curricula and Gay-Straight Alliances, you have just committed "hate speech" by suggesting that lesbians can change.

36 posted on 12/16/2002 12:14:26 AM PST by L.N. Smithee
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To: onetimeatbandcamp
There's ways to be a filthy decadent hetero as well as homo. good nite.

Comparing right behavior with wrong behavior is a pathology in and of its self. A normal man/woman relationship has nothing to do with perversion, heterosexuality less any adjectives is always right and the pathology of homosexuality is always wrong.

37 posted on 12/16/2002 4:49:56 AM PST by Clint N. Suhks
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To: EricOKC
While I agree with you that the school should not be pushing a moral agenda, I find it difficult to blame the school or its administrators. The students voted for the couple, and that makes the students responsible.
38 posted on 12/16/2002 4:59:04 AM PST by Brad C.
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To: ewing
It's easy to post the whole article, and fun too! Why don't you do it?

CRETE, Ill. (AP) - Their story has played out like the name of a popular lesbian movie: "The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love." It started last month, when the girls - longtime high school sweethearts - were voted "cutest couple" by their fellow seniors at Crete-Monee High School in the suburbs south of Chicago.

Administrators balked, at first. Then several students walked out of class to support the girls.

It is a drama that, for a time anyway, awakened this sleepy town, lined with antique shops, churches and cafes, and still surrounded by corn fields.

In the end, the girls' parents - though a bit shell-shocked - agreed to let a photograph of the couple appear in the school yearbook.

And last week, district superintendent Roberta Berry wrote a letter praising the students at Crete-Monee High: "I am proud to say that while other schools continue to address issues such as alienation, bullying and hate crimes, we have a student body that not only accepts each others' differences, but also celebrates them."

Upset, some parents and community members have called to complain and written letters to the editor of local newspapers.

But others are supportive - a sign, students say, that times are changing.

"This isn't 1952 anymore. I think people need to realize there are different people everywhere," says Rachel Urban, a 17-year-old Crete-Monee senior. "If 15- and 17-year-olds are mature enough to handle this, the rest of the country can."

There are other examples of students supporting their gay, lesbian and bisexual peers. In 1999, an openly gay high school student in San Anselmo, Calif., was elected homecoming king. Last year, a lesbian from Ferndale, Wash., was elected king at her prom.

Meanwhile, students at an increasing number of schools are forming gay-straight alliances to support one another - and more school districts are training teachers to work with gay students.

That's all happened at Waltham High School in Waltham, Mass., where school nurse Nancy Ryan oversees the gay-straight alliance. Still, she says, the school has a long way to go in helping its lesbian and gay students feel safe.

"I don't think they fear for their physical safety," she said. "But I think they still are hearing things that make them uncomfortable and make them afraid to come out."

It is, for example, still common for students at many schools to use the word "gay" to describe something they don't like. And "fag" remains a common slur, teachers and students say.

A 2002 report by the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network, a nationwide group of students, parents and teachers, notes that only nine states and the District of Columbia have some form of protection for students, based on sexual orientation and gender identity - California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin.

The lack of protection, students and others say, makes it that much harder to come out.

At Crete-Monee, officials and even students have chosen not to reveal the names of the "cutest couple" girls, whose parents didn't know they were dating until the vote.

"The girls are understandably overwhelmed and so are their families," school district spokeswoman Sue Rossi said.

Choosing senior "bests" is a long-standing tradition for Crete-Monee seniors. Each year, they cast their votes for everyone from the "most likely to succeed" to "most likely to shock us at our reunion."

While there were three or four senior couples who'd been together through a good chunk of high school, the majority voted for the girls.

Classmates say it was done with sincerity.

They say the girls - popular students who are active in sports and other extracurricular activities - can often be seen holding hands in the school's hallways.

"I think people voted for them because they're so open about their relationship - and how good it is," says Danielle Cheatom, a 17-year-old senior. "They're actually in love and care about each other."

Adds Nick Renfroe, another 17-year-old senior: "They really are the cutest couple."

Renfroe was among about 60 students who protested last month outside the school, fearing that administrators would withhold the girls' photo from the yearbook.

Several students were suspended for two days for taking part in the protest.

Maris Formas, a 17-year-old senior, says the issue brought students to the forefront who'd never been class leaders before.

"The teachers are amazed at our dedication," she said. "I was, too."

39 posted on 12/16/2002 4:59:25 AM PST by William Terrell
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To: William Terrell
Sorry, Im never sure which wire services are on the 100 word Supreme Court rule that was agreed to in the settlement..
40 posted on 12/16/2002 6:22:42 AM PST by ewing
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To: ewing
If the story is sourced by the LAT and WP no matter where it is, you can't post it. Any other news sources, I'm not aware of.

41 posted on 12/16/2002 6:39:44 AM PST by William Terrell
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To: William Terrell
The kids/parents who are against the 'cutest couple' have one more way to 'voice' their belief. Refuse to buy the yearbook.
42 posted on 12/16/2002 6:49:50 AM PST by mommadooo3
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To: ewing
When I was in high school, it only took one girl to be voted "Cutest Couple."
43 posted on 12/16/2002 7:01:46 AM PST by Doctor Stochastic
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To: mommadooo3
That would hit 'em where they live, wouldn't it. Yearbook sales, at least when I was in high school, were a significant part of a school's extracurricular funding.

44 posted on 12/16/2002 7:02:03 AM PST by William Terrell
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To: ShadowDancer
[B]ack off...I could find far worse for my own two girls to turn out as than homosexual.

Huh?

45 posted on 12/16/2002 7:24:37 AM PST by ppaul
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To: L.N. Smithee
Please ping us if you ever get a response from the AP reporter.
Thanks.
46 posted on 12/16/2002 7:26:54 AM PST by ppaul
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To: William Terrell
Yeah, it WOULD cause a pinch in their pocketbooks. And it would make the message LOUD and CLEAR. But ya have to wonder how many parents would DO that, instead of just complaining. You know....the old 'walk the talk' concept.

I must be getting old and senile, though. I can recall when the schools/kids/parents used to preach, not so long ago, about just saying no to sex, abstinence, and all that. Did it all change in the past few months???

If it hasn't changed, then WHY are these kids/school on a 'it's OK to have sex in childhood/school years' kick ? (isn't the choice of sex partners what makes one gay?)

47 posted on 12/16/2002 7:30:27 AM PST by mommadooo3
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To: William Terrell
Yeah, it WOULD cause a pinch in their pocketbooks. And it would make the message LOUD and CLEAR. But ya have to wonder how many parents would DO that, instead of just complaining. You know....the old 'walk the talk' concept.

I must be getting old and senile, though. I can recall when the schools/kids/parents used to preach, not so long ago, about just saying no to sex, abstinence, and all that. Did it all change in the past few months???

If it hasn't changed, then WHY are these kids/school on a 'it's OK to have sex in childhood/school years' kick ? (isn't the choice of sex partners what makes one gay?)

48 posted on 12/16/2002 7:31:09 AM PST by mommadooo3
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To: mommadooo3
SHEEESH!!! Grinches messin' with the posts, I see!
49 posted on 12/16/2002 7:32:15 AM PST by mommadooo3
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To: FormerLib
...and in the preceding page was this lovely little tidbit people may find, er, interesting

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/story.hts/nation/1703771
50 posted on 12/16/2002 7:35:52 AM PST by babaloo999
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