Lifesite News HARTFORD, October 18, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.coom) - Several students at a Hartford high school expressed horror and left the auditorium when two male members of a city-funded school play shared a passionate kiss onstage on Friday. School officials said they opted against informing parents about the event ahead of time, saying that the students needed exposure to homosexuality, and hailed the â€œchaoticâ€ reaction as a victory for raising the gay issue.
The kiss occurred during Hartford Public High Schoolâ€™s production of â€œZanna, Donâ€™t!,â€ a play depicting a world in which homosexuality is normative and heterosexuals take up the role of â€œoutcasts.â€
The Hartford Courant reported that â€œscreams and loud voicesâ€ and sounds of disgust came from the audience during the display of affection, while â€œdozensâ€ of mostly male students left the auditorium. While some trickled back in, officials had to prevent many from leaving the school building.
School officials had told students that homosexual displays of affection would be featured in the play, and many asked to be excused. One school official cited by The Courant, nursing academy principal David Chambers, said that he had considered sending an opt-out letter to parents before changing his mind. The school reportedly received a number of phone calls from parents following the incident.
The play, available to students free of charge, was a joint effort between Connecticut gay youth group True Colors and a local youth leadership program, and was funded in part by the city of Hartford.
Chambers said that students needed to learn empathy towards homosexuals and exposure to things that would make them uncomfortable. â€œOur kids are not there yet,â€ he said. Chambers also suggested that the reaction of disgust was a good sign, indicating a release of studentsâ€™ inner conflict about homosexuality.
â€œEven though itâ€™s kind of chaotic, kind of wild and crazy, I see it as very successful,â€ he said, according to The Courant. â€œOur kids never deal with this, they keep it inside, and thatâ€™s that nervous energy. Thatâ€™s why they walked out.â€
Adam Johnson, principal of Hartford Highâ€™s Law and Government Academy, agreed. â€œThis is as important of a topic to discuss as anything in math, anything in social studies,â€ Johnson said. â€œIâ€™m completely glad that we did it.â€
The Family Institute of Connecticut (FIC) condemned the scandal, and called for a protest of the schoolâ€™s decision, calling it â€œan outrageous attack on parental rights.â€
FIC notes that a bill introduced earlier this year by Republican Sen. Kevin Witkos, which would have mandated that parents be allowed to opt out their children from sexuality instruction in schools, was never given a public hearing. â€œWe will fight for it again next year and every year until it is passed,â€ said the group.
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