Anoka-Hennepin School Board votes to replace neutrality policy

  • Article by: MARIA ELENA BACA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 14, 2012 - 7:14 PM

The 5-1 vote to change rules did not change any minds; deep divisions remain.

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dorianmodeFeb. 13, 12 9:17 PM

It's just amazing the comments we saw at the meeting tonight where this policy was finally approved. Angry adults were actually reading statements talking about the "gay agenda", and the "homosexual agenda". I guess if freedom, respect, and equal rights for everyone is the "agenda", then perhaps it might be a good one. The paranoid business of the (whatever) "agenda", of course was not supported by the citation of even ONE objective study. SO glad I don't live out there.

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britishmumFeb. 13, 12 9:25 PM

Bullying should never be tolerated or even be a matter of discussion, I do not care what orientation a person is, it is wrong, it is humiliating. I can only hope Anoka County Schools hire competent counselors to clean up the mess of their indifference.

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cindywFeb. 13, 12 9:27 PM

Hmmmm. They can teach evolution as scientific fact, and now they can talk freely about their beliefs supporting gay lifestyle. Who's being discriminated against here?

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stoneageFeb. 13, 12 9:33 PM

Congratulations to all who will be served by this policy and welcome to the 21st century, Anoka.

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milkman53Feb. 13, 12 9:37 PM

What's next? The electric light bulb?

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kd5757Feb. 13, 12 9:44 PM

Although the wheels of justice can be slow they fortunately seem to move in the right direction over time. The Board's action is a step in the right direction. They have an ethical and legal responsibility to protect all their students and PAL does not get to determine which children should be shamed and made to remain invisible.

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mnliberal68Feb. 13, 12 9:46 PM

I am not surprised by one of the concerns from parents if the children who have social conservative beliefs will be ridiculed for spreaking their againest the gay people. It seems to me that these parents believe that their child should have a right to pick gay people but their child better not face any back lash for it. Someone should tell these people there is no such as thing as "normal"!

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mnliberal68Feb. 13, 12 9:46 PM

I am not surprised by one of the concerns from parents if the children who have social conservative beliefs will be ridiculed for spreaking their againest the gay people. It seems to me that these parents believe that their child should have a right to pick gay people but their child better not face any back lash for it. Someone should tell these people there is no such as thing as "normal"!

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hrdotsonFeb. 13, 12 9:54 PM

This reflects the Minnesota I am proud of.

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cks1950Feb. 13, 12 9:58 PM

ANY kind of bulling is wrong & should be delt with by having a zero tolerance in all schools. Anything more than that, "respectful discussions, for example, whether they be about hetero or gay sexual orientation is pushing someone's agenda. The schools are NOT there to discuss anyone's sexual orientation or lifestyle. No bulling for any reason or face serious consequences.

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