An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

May 14, 2007

Insanity in the Schools

Filed under: Education — olbroad @ 10:09

Chicago Board of Ed Sued for Teacher Allegedly Showing ‘Brokeback Mountain’ in Class

A girl and her grandparents have sued the Chicago Board of Education, alleging that a substitute teacher showed the R-rated film “Brokeback Mountain” in class.

The lawsuit claims that Jessica Turner, 12, suffered psychological distress after viewing the movie in her 8th grade class at Ashburn Community Elementary School last year.

The film, which won three Oscars, depicts two cowboys who conceal their homosexual affair.

Turner and her grandparents, Kenneth and LaVerne Richardson, are seeking around $500,000 in damages.

“It is very important to me that my children not be exposed to this,” said Kenneth Richardson, Turner’s guardian. “The teacher knew she was not supposed to do this.”

According to the lawsuit filed Friday in Cook County Circuit Court, the video was shown without permission from the students’ parents and guardians.

The lawsuit also names Ashburn Principal Jewel Diaz and a substitute teacher, referred to as “Ms. Buford.”

The substitute asked a student to shut the classroom door at the West Side school, saying: “What happens in Ms. Buford’s class stays in Ms. Buford’s class,” according to the lawsuit.

Do teachers under go psychological testing before they are granted a certificate? Because I’m starting to think it needs to be standard for any teacher these days. What kind of so called teacher show an R rated movie to a bunch of 12 year olds? The subject matter is another question. What kind of lunatic pushes ‘lifestyle’ on kids?

Something is really wrong in our educational system these days. Yes, there are excellent teachers and I feel bad that they have to suffer because of the trash.



  1. I would have to agree with you on this. My g/f teaches seniors in highschool, and she can’t show R rated films, although since some tie into lesson plans she has gotten around that. Besides, Brokeback Mountain was a really really boring movie.

    Comment by Sean — May 14, 2007 @ 10:18

  2. I’m not sure how any person could tie that movie into a curriculum for 7th graders, period.

    This teacher needs to go.

    Comment by grumps — May 14, 2007 @ 11:30

  3. I can’t imagine a teacher showing ANY R rated movie to 7th graders, but especially that one. I have a 7th grader and he is not allowed to watch R rated movies. If this sort of thing makes its way here, you can bet we will be homeschooling.

    Comment by Semper Fi Mom — May 14, 2007 @ 9:50

  4. Sean, when I saw that, I immediately thought of you and your girlfriend.

    I cannot imagine what kind of excuse she could come up with for even thinking this type of movie would be ok for 12 year olds.

    I’m all for homeschooling. πŸ™‚ The most polite, intelligent kids I’ve ever met have been home schooled. Not to say there aren’t kids educated in PS can’t be, but that depends on their parents. πŸ™‚

    Comment by olbroad — May 14, 2007 @ 10:18

  5. I thought about homeschooling, but look at all the fun we would have missed!!!! πŸ™‚

    Comment by Theotherpeg — May 15, 2007 @ 6:19

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