Anoka-Hennepin School District being watched from afar

  • Article by: PAUL LEVY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 5, 2012 - 11:16 PM

The district says e-mails on the policy, the target of a lawsuit, have come from around the world. Changes will be discussed Monday; a vote could come Jan. 23.

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tuttifruttiJan. 5, 12 8:21 PM

At some point we need to focus on educating our children to compete in the world instead of pandering to the bullies in the special interest group that is determined to force their agenda on us.

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minn12Jan. 5, 12 8:44 PM

Wow, I have posted here on this story in the past, and said that there is a 'full court press' going on by outside activists and special interests who are trying to bully ANOKA into caving in to their demands. But gosh, it seems like a new low, when a whopping '47 emails' can justify yet another ginned-up 'story' on this controversy. I could maybe see 47,000 emails or 4700, but 47?? All I can do is laugh. Stay strong, Anoka. You have the correct policy of neutrality and a policy against ALL bullying. There's really nothing more to change.

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chovindJan. 5, 12 9:19 PM

Stay strong Dist 11 - these people are trying to do the very thing they are complaining about - bullying!!!! We need to get back to educating our children and teaching them how to deal with difficult situations because we do not live in a kindler gentler world - you will need to have a backbone to survive

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summersun16Jan. 5, 12 9:44 PM

Neutral? No, the right thing to do is stand up for students that are gay or lesbian, period. They have a right to feel safe and get a quality education. The buzz is this is the only district that has such a policy. Conservative, right wing, bigots that are against the change need to teach there kids about other students who have a different sexual orientation. Then as their kids become adults they are accepting to their co-workers, community members, college peers and others that live that lifestyle.

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strongmomJan. 5, 12 9:55 PM

This is an issue of "religious beliefs" vs "civil rights" and the notion that they are synonymous...they are not. The right to religious freedom means you have the right to believe and practice whatever you want. However, that right is equally afforded to others of different faiths or no faith and the right of one group does not supercede the right of another. The constitution is very clear, we are ALL created equal and have the same rights with few exceptions. The idea that one group is demanding that an entire "public school district" adhere to their narrow beliefs is beyond frustrating, it's hurting kids. Their refusal to accept gay people is again their right, but to demand the district deny the existance of gay kids, families and historical figues is unconstitutional. The policy in place and the revised version being considered violate the civil rights of LGBTQ students, families and staff and further divide our community. nobody needs to change their beliefs system, simply understand that they don't belong in public schools.

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rshacklefordJan. 5, 1210:45 PM

"It's a local community issue that's playing out on a national level (Carlson said)." This is what happens when AH11 admin tries to ignore a very important issue that must be properly and fairly dealt with. Congrats on getting the nation's microscope right over you guys. So proud of ya! The right thing to do is so easy. Stop the bullying. What is wrong with you decision makers?

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j_m_t_usJan. 5, 1211:14 PM

My advice, stay away from Rolling Stone magazine. These people will write lies on anything that they say! Most dishonest magazine out there.

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larryrcJan. 6, 1212:17 AM

Good god, at least have a policy of tolerance. Which is not the same as acceptance, so there wouldn't be the preaching of accepting someone that is different, as so many parents in that county (where I went to school in not too long ago) seem to fear. You can still tolerate someone who is different. People need to get over their fear of what is different, as fear is the base of hate. Neutrality won't protect anyone. I remember I once got in school suspension for calling someone an idiot. Yet it seems that if someone drops a slur against homosexuals, you turn a blind eye? Unacceptable. As someone who graduated out of Anoka Hennepin in 2004, I can attest that this district has miles to go in the way towards tolerance. At least they got over their (well earned) reputation of being racist.

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prairiedoggyJan. 6, 12 5:36 AM

I don't see why this is so difficult for the district. There are many school systems that have created perfectly fine anti-bullying policies. All they have to do is copy one of those. I suspect the reason they don't is due to pressure from a segment of the population in the district that doesn't want to acknowledge that there's nothing wrong with being gay.

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oldenufJan. 6, 12 6:58 AM

These fanatics who want their agenda to the exclusion of any rational resolution to this problem wont be satisfied until a full fledged disruption of oyr education system is achieved. Do any of you thinks this fits your views, pro or con???

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