- LEXINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS
-- Lexington parent, David Parker, was arrested today by the Lexington
Police for "trespassing" at his son's elementary school during
a scheduled meeting with the principal and the city's Director of Education
over his objections to homosexual curriculum materials and discussions
in his son's kindergarten class.
- At the meeting, Parker demanded that the school inform
him when homosexual subjects are to be discussed with his son, and allow
his son not to be included in such activities. He said he would not leave
until his request was granted. The Principal and the city's Director of
Education both refused his request. They then telephoned the Superintendent
of Schools who also refused. Police were called, who told Parker that
unless he left the school he would be arrested.
- Statement by David Parker (April 27, 2005):
- "I, David Parker, am the father of a kindergarten
student at Estabrook Elementary School in Lexington, Massachusetts. Since
the beginning of this school year, my wife and I have learned that school
materials and discussions about gay-headed households/same-sex union issues
have been exposed to the children. There are definitive plans to increase
the teacher/staff/adult mediated discussions of these subjects.
- "We have officially stated on many occasions-to
the Lexington school administration-a request that we be notified when
these discussions are planned, and want our 6-year-old opted out of such
situations when arising "spontaneously".
- "Our parental requests for our own child were flat-out
denied with no effort at accommodation. In our meeting on April 27, I,
insisted that such accommodation be made and refused to leave the meeting
room. I was informed that I would be arrested."
- Parker will be arraigned on Thursday, April 28, in Concord
District Court at 9 am. "This is an unbelievable outrage," said
Brian Camenker, a friend and Newton, Mass. parent. "It's where last
year's same-sex 'marriage' ruling has brought us."
- For more background information, see www.Article8.org.
- Contact Brian Camenker
- Article 8 Alliance