Parents at school board protest 'explicit' video
by Pete Skiba
Mar 05, 2014 | 2164 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Parents and pastors protested a video shown by a teacher and asked for a full hearing at a Putnam County School District Board meeting Tuesday.

First up during public comments, Tim Hall, pastor at Cross Road Community Church, spoke to the grievance.

Hall said, “It has come to our attention that on or about 20 February 2014 an inappropriate and explicitly mature video titled ‘Love is all you Need?’ was aired to the FFA students during their classes (at Palatka High School).

“This video depicts a life of those who are ridiculed, teased and bullied for being a heterosexual in a gay world.”

The video’s “explicit content and scripturally incorrect implications” disturbed the children from his congregation who attend the class, Hall added.

Parents and others from several congregations filled the school board meeting room and packed the hallway outside the room.

Their objective, Hall said, was to ask for a hearing where they could present a complaint in a fair and impartial manner. They would also use the time to seek a remedy or punitive actions if appropriate.

Hall and the other people who spoke during the public input time said the video was falsely presented as an anti-bullying message.

“That video had nothing to do with bullying,” said John Iskat, Faith Baptist Church pastor. “It had to do with a militant sodomite agenda.”

School Superintendent Phyllis Criswell said she could not disclose the teacher’s name or whether any disciplinary action had been taken.

“I have spoken to the principal about the community concerns,” Criswell said.

Because of the concerns and the number of people involved, the school board set a 6 p.m. March 10 meeting for a discussion on the complaints. It is planned for C.L. Overturf Sixth Grade Center, 1100 S. 18th St.

pskiba@palatkadailynews.com

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