Wednesday, February 13, 2008

California Public School Teacher Placed on Leave After Showing Abortion Film

This story was discussed at length on The Catholic Channel today, and I agree with the consensus of the people who discussed it: this was very inappropriate for several reasons: it was not age-appropriate, the parents were not consulted and were upset that this was shown to their kids without their knowledge or consent, and it was not part of the curiculum for the chemistry class. I am pro-life and I oppose all abortion, at any stage of pregnancy, for any reason...but this was over the line, and stunts like this give pro-lifers a negative reputation.

A California science teacher has been placed on administrative leave after coming under fire following the showing of a pro-life film, The Silent Scream, that details an abortion procedure. First-year teacher Randy Yang showed the movie to five eighth-grade classes at Russell Middle School.

Yang aired the film following completion of work in the chemistry classes he teaches and eighth-grader Xhynah Cabugao told the San Jose Mercury News that some of the students were upset by it.

He reportedly let his class decide on watching a film on the water cycle or on abortion and that the classes voted to see the pro-life movie.

"They're like, 'Ewww, that's gross, why do we have to see that?'" he said. "Everybody was kind of disgusted."

The newspaper said Yang is not a tenured teacher and indicated he told students to avert their eyes if they didn't want to watch the film.

Luis Gonzales, assistant superintendent of Milpitas Unified School District, told the newspaper that Yang has not been in class since the day he aired the movie.

story here

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