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Parents Upset After Girls Forced Into Lesbian Role Playing at School

Parents are claiming that their daughters were forced to participate in a lesbian role playing exercise and ask each other for kisses during an anti-bullying presentation at Linden Avenue Middle School in Red Hook, N.Y.

The anti-bullying presentation was performed by some students from Bard College.

According to The Poughkeepsie Journal, girls, ages 13 to 14, were also taught words such as "pansexual" and "gender queer."

"She told me, 'Mom, we all get teased and picked on enough. Now I'm going to be called a lesbian because I had to ask another girl if I could kiss her,'" parent Mandy Coon told "They also picked two girls to stand in front of the class and pretend they were lesbians on a date."

Coon claims the school told her the purpose of the exercises was to “teach girls boundaries and how to say no.”

The presentation to the boys at the middle school included advice on why to carry a condom in their pocket at all times and tips on how to identify a "slut."

"The school is overstepping its bounds in not notifying parents first and giving us the choice. I thought it was very inappropriate. That kind of instruction is best left up to the parents," said an unidentified parent.

School Superintendent Paul Finch told The Poughkeepsie Journal that the presentations were "focused on improving culture, relationships, communication and self-perceptions."

Finch claimed the sessions are required under the state Dignity for All Students Act, but added: "We may require more notification to parents."

Bard College spokesman Mark Primoff said the students were invited by Linden Avenue Middle School to give a workshop on communication.

Sources: The Poughkeepsie Journal and


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