VALLEJO (AP) — Parents whose children attend classes in the Vallejo City Unified School District will not be allowed to opt out of anti-bullying curriculum—including short films with gay and lesbian families—being presented in the schools.

The Vallejo Times-Herald reports that the district’s board of trustees voted 4-1 Thursday to retain the “Respect for All” curriculum, which has been the subject of heated debate in recent weeks.

Some parents complained they should have been notified of the content of the lessons and be allowed to pull their children out of the classes.

The curriculum stems in part from a settlement between the district and the American Civil Liberties Union, following complaints of harassment and bullying from a former Bethel High School student.

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Comments (5)
  1. Dawg says:

    Most people earn respect but not liberals, they demand it.

    1. Josh says:

      What does this have to do with liberals or conservatives? Its about respecting human beings and teaching our youth that they should respect people regardless of their race, ethnicity, or yes, sexual orientation! Its a Civil Rights issue, not one that involves Democrats, Republicans, Independents, etc. Rather than spout off ignorant ideologies, why don’t you open your eyes and accept that humans are capable of being attracted to all genders and sexes, and that intolerance of such is not only cruel but dangerous?!

  2. GeeWizFolks says:

    I think my message just got deleted. Sooooo…..This ISN”T about ‘earning respect’ at all, or about if someone’s democrat, republican, liberaterian, green party, independent party, socialist, fascist.
    This IS about EQUAL RIGHTS AND PROTECTION for ALL (even YOU) under our USA Constitution & Bill of Rights.
    AND teaching kids that there are far too many diffferences on the planet to keep fighting & murdering over. Bullying is NOT what our country is meant to be about.

  3. John Perry says: – website to help stop bullying, abuse and domestic violence. Let us get together and be Proactive and stop this “Local Terrorism” of bullying and abuse.
    In the adult world, we have laws against bullying. We do not tolerate these crimes in our workplace. Yet, our children are told they must tolerate this in the workplace – our schools. Society, in general, has the mindset that it is ‘all right’ or ‘a rite of passage’ for bullies to deliberately and sytematically destroy their victims — our children…When we don’t acknowledge bullying as a real crime, we dismiss the very real injurues inflicted upon the victims. Although the psychological injuries and extent can be varied, they are real injuries. Sometimes, the symptoms are internalized and sometimes they are externalized. (sometimes both) In either case, bullying kills and children die.”

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