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Homosexual Mentoring in Schools
CNSNews.com ^ | August 27, 2003 | Lawrence Morahan

Posted on 08/27/2003 6:54:56 AM PDT by A. Pole

Family Group Cautions Schools on Homosexual Mentoring

A pro-family group has sent letters to public school superintendents across the country warning of increased liability risks for public school officials if homosexuals mentor children through the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) program.

"As the recent scandals in the Catholic Church demonstrate, when an adult uses a position of authority and influence to take advantage of a young person, immeasurable harm can be inflicted both to individuals and to institutions," Benjamin Bull, chief counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund, said in a letter to state boards of education and school districts across the country.

"Schools open themselves to substantial legal liability if physical or emotional abuse occurs as a result of a school-based mentoring program," the letter cautioned.

Since a new policy was initiated last summer, parents are not informed when a school or the BBBSA pairs their children with a same-sex homosexual mentor, the Alliance Defense Fund said.

"Because of the potential for sexual misconduct and abuse, Big Brothers Big Sisters prohibits persons of the opposite sex from mentoring at-risk children. At the same time, it permits practicing homosexuals to meet with children of the same sex in the complete absence of parental notification and consent," Bull told CNSNews.com.

The same potential for sexual misconduct exists for homosexual pairings as exist for opposite-sex pairings, Bull said.

"This tells me that common sense has not caught up with the political agenda and demands of homosexual activists. There's certain pressure on Big Brothers and Big Sisters to allow practicing homosexuals to serve as mentors," Bull said.

"But common sense concerns about sexual misconduct have been dropped by the wayside in order to satisfy the political demands of this very loud and noisy group," Bull added.

The ADF letter cautions that "nothing less than complete, written, informed consent by parents is sufficient in light of a school's responsibility for the safety of children."

BBBSA instituted a policy change in July of last year to forbid the exclusion of any mentor from its 500 affiliates across the country on the basis of "race, age, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status or disability."

Calls to BBBSA were not returned. Officials insist, however, that it is standard BBBSA policy to thoroughly screen volunteer applicants and reject anyone it believes would not be a safe Big Brother or Big Sister. The organization also seeks to honor the individual preferences of parents or guardians when selecting which volunteer will be matched with a child.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: adf; bbbsa; bigbrothers; bigsisters; children; education; gay; homosexual; homosexualagenda; lesbian; mentors; prisoners; profamily; school; schools; sex
BBBSA instituted a policy change in July of last year to forbid the exclusion of any mentor from its 500 affiliates across the country on the basis of "race, age, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status or disability."

Does it aplly to ALL sexual orientations or only to some? Did they specify?

1 posted on 08/27/2003 6:54:56 AM PDT by A. Pole
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If you can, support the ADF.
2 posted on 08/27/2003 7:01:06 AM PDT by Texas_Jarhead
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To: A. Pole
The left's biggest victory in recent memory is turning what should be called a homosexual scandal into "The Catholic Church Scandal".  They've succeeded in smearing one of their biggest adversaries with the actions of one of their protected groups.
 

Owl_Eagle

”Guns Before Butter.”

3 posted on 08/27/2003 7:04:47 AM PDT by South Hawthorne ("Fire can be our servant, whether it's toasting S'mores or raining down on Charlie"-Pcpl Skinner)
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To: A. Pole
INTREP
4 posted on 08/27/2003 7:05:35 AM PDT by LiteKeeper
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To: A. Pole
Based on that policy, I imagine that grown heterosexual men can mentor young girls with no supervision. And if sexual addiction is classified as a disability, then this also can be thrown into the mix. No problem, right?
5 posted on 08/27/2003 7:31:03 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (France delenda est)
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To: ClearCase_guy
My best friend growing up was 'groomed' by a male homosexual teacher in our school. He eventually seduced him, at around age 16, and carried on a clandestine affair with him for several years. This came to an end when my friend committed suicide at age 19. It took me many years to put the pieces together and understand what had happened. Homosexuals should not be around children.
6 posted on 08/27/2003 8:50:37 AM PDT by Jack Black
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To: Jack Black; *Homosexual Agenda
"Homosexuals should not be around children."

Exposure to homosexuality sodomizes a child's soul

7 posted on 08/30/2003 8:47:08 PM PDT by EdReform (Support Free Republic - Become a Monthly Donor)
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