This is what
public government schools have devolved into.
As a class exercise, students in a 7th-grade class at Bell Middle School in Paradise Hills — a neighborhood in the southeastern area of the city of San Diego, California — watched porn videos, with some students openly masturbating.
Ashley McGlone reports for the San Diego Union-Tribune, June 15, 2012, that the incident, which took place in May, began as a “sexual orientation test” created by students in an English class.
According to written testimonials from 22 students in the all-boys class, the “test” had students wear gym shorts while watching “particular” (gay) porn videos on their cell phones. Whoever became aroused was labeled gay. Some boys masturbated openly in class, but the teacher Ed Johnson didn’t do anything, even when other students complained.
The incident led to the suspension of nine students.
Patti Boman, of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, is more concerned about gay bullying than by the fact that students watched porn videos and openly masturbated in class. Boman said news of the test is disturbing: “I was thinking we were getting better and that’s why we go out and speak in schools. This is news to me and this gives me chills. It is terrible. They use that to attack and intimidate [gays].”
San Diego Unified School District officials did not respond to the Union-Tribune‘s requests for comment and have declined to discuss what went on in the school.
“I am very disappointed,” said San Diego County Office of Education board member John Witt, who represents the area. “I am very distressed about it and I wish there was something I can do about it,” he said, noting he does not have jurisdiction in the city schools.
As for teacher Ed Johnson, school district officials said he remained employed and had no change in his schedule. He is not on a list of 1,534 teachers being laid off because of budget cuts. Johnson has not responded to requests for comment.
District officials declined to say whether any personnel action was pending, but union representative William Daniel is trying to rally support for Johnson. “We wish to support him as his friends,” said Daniel, a special education teacher. “This is not a union action.”
Here’s contact info for Bell Middle School:
Address: 620 Briarwood Road, San Diego, Ca 92139
Ph: (619) 479-7111
Fax: (619) 470-6054
Principal: Michael Johnson (email: email@example.com)