Hate-Free-TC, according to a November 2, 2001 Record Eagle article, said that they had spoken to thousands of TCAPS Elementary students.  When I asked one of the top TCAPS Administrators what they taught to these "thousands" of elementary students, she said that nothing was written or taped.  (I guess nobody knows?)  My concern is this: I listened to a Hate-Free-TC speaker during the Central High School Diversity Week.  Much of what she said was great, but she definitely spoke approvingly of homosexuality. 
Diversity Weeks at TC Central 2001-2004:  I can tell you that we went to many of the talks, many of which were just encouraging and enjoyable to all.  However each year I heard some talks that desensitized the students to homosexuality.  One of the TC Central students told me in 2002: 

(1) There was very little advance promotion of this diversity week (possibly so as not to alert any opposition?).

(2) It appears to be much more specifically pro-gay this year than it was last year.  For instance, last year most or all posters hung up at the school were speaking out against intolerance in general, not specifically speaking about homosexuality.  Whereas this year, 3 of the 8 or so posters speak specifically against discrimination against homosexuals, with one of the three posters condemning "homophobia".

(3) He said they have a crafty method of falsely connecting discrimination against blacks to discrimination against "gays".

The "Breaking Ice" Drama Team: I think they had 6 very talented young actors/actresses.  They reached out to our emotions with their excellent acting.  However, much of their drama was desensitizing students to dangerous homosexual behavior, with derogatory comments about religion. 
The Positive Meeting with  Superintendent Pavelka:   When we presented him (and several of his top Assistants) with the transcripts of "The Breaking Ice".  We also presented him with 162 signed petitions (from 162 very concerned TCAPS parents) on a proposed "Equal Time Amendment".  This proposed amendment would require "equal time" to present the opposing viewpoint whenever homosexuality is ever normalized to the students. Though our proposed "Equal Time Policy" was not acted on, still Superintendent Pavelka seemed very surprised and concerned about "The Breaking Ice" performance, and apologetic.  We were encouraged, and we have not noticed anything like this at TCAPS since then.  (We were also able to call each of the School Board Members and express our concern about this.) We surely hope, for the students sake, that they will not allow outside speakers or staff to repeat anything like this. (A final note: at least one of the top staff members said that she had screened the Breaking Ice Performance beforehand, and she still thought that it was appropriate for the students to see.)  Now read the following Breaking Ice script below and see what you think:

 

Breaking Ice" Martin Luther King Day Talk at TC Central High School

January 18, 2005

Transcription (partial) of approximately 45-minute skits put on by "Breaking Ice" theatre troupe.

Notes:

and "Ö" represents a short section of words that I could not be understand clearly enough to transcribe perfectly. ALL CAPS=very emphatic speech. (Much of the dialogue, even without all caps, was delivered emphatically.) ~ = approximately. Bold brackets [ ] show inserted allusion references, which were not mentioned in the original skits. Yellow Highlighting shows dialogue that particularly seems to promote the normalization of homosexual behavior.

 

 

Num Selected transcribed excerpts from "Breaking Ice" theatre troupe
Intro  

1

"Open your heart, open your heart, open your heart and you will hear a piece of me."

2

"Itís the feeling you have hope is every bit of hope from us until we become tough-minded enough to break loose from the shackles of prejudice, half-truths, AND DOWN-RIGHT IGNORANCE."

3

"It is our duty, IT IS OUR DUTY to fight for our freedom, it is our duty TO WIN. We must love each other and support each other, we have nothing to lose but our chains."

4

"Stand in it with me. Just stand in it with me, and feel it with me. Donít judge it. Donít ask me to explain it, backwards and forwards, around and around until it makes sense to you, so you can put it on a key chain, or a button or a bumper sticker, just stand in it with me, and FEEL it with me, so you can know it too."

5

"Where there is no soul, Ö , where there is no agitation, THERE IS NO FREEDOM."

6

"Show me your motherís face, show-me-your-motherís-face, show me your motherís face, show me your motherís face, and I will tell you who you are."

7

SUNG: "Birds flying high, you know how I feel. Sun and sky, you know how I feel. Breeze drifting on by and you know how I feel. Itís a new dawn, itís a new day, itís a new life for me. Itís a new dawn, itís a new day, itís a new life for me. New. And Iím feeling good."

8

"That is so GAY."

9

"Iím going to kick her ass."

10

"Oh come on baby, you ainít a lesbian. You just ainít hanging with the right guy, you know what Iím saying?"

11

(AUDIENCE LAUGHTER) 1st: "So, youíre bisexual?" 2nd: "Yah." 1st: "I thought I had a hard time making decisions." (MUCH LAUGHTER)

12

START OF ĎPROMí DIALOG. A Ďgayí boy (Tony) anxious because 3 friends trying to get him to ask out a girl to the prom. Heís acting very uncomfortable, and obviously does not feel comfortable in telling them why. It appears that he may be just nervous about asking out a girl.
  Then it switches to a scene where Tony is on the way to the dark room to work with some of his photos, and he encounters his photography teacher (Mrs. Shirley?), who is grading papers after school at her desk. Conversation:

Mrs. Shirley: "No pep rally for you today?"

Tony: "No Ö after 3 years, I AM SICK AND TIRED OF HEARING ABOUT PROM. Prom this and prom that, Iím just sick of it."

Mrs. Shirley: (In an exasperated and understanding voice) "Oh yah, I went through that too. Um, (pause), itís a hard time. Lots of pressure. You know, come in here, I want to talk to you about something. Hereís a photo you took of the opening of the Cherry Festival that I want to submit in a Ö show."

(Both Tony and Mrs. Shirley agree photo was very nice.)

Mrs. Shirley continues: "You know Hillary and I used to love to come to Traverse City during Cherry Festival." Tony: "Really? You and Hillary?" Mrs. Shirley: "Yah. We used to come here in the summer and vacation. And then she and I decided that we would make this our home.

Tony: "You guys were playing Ďfudgiesí?"

Mrs. Shirley: "Yah, and now I guess weíre Ďperma-fudgiesí. We really liked the area a lot.

Tony: Ö

Mrs. Shirley: "Well, weíre glad weíre here too."

Tony: "OK, I guess Iíll be seeing you later Mrs. Shirley."

Mrs. Shirley: "Well, hang on a second. Do you want -- , ah, ~I need your help with something. I need all these photos alphabetized, so do you mind doing that for me?"

Tony: ~Yah.

Mrs. Shirley: "You know, Iím really am surprised that your friends are probably at the pep rally and youíre here."

Tony: "Well, you know, whatever. Iím graduating in a couple more months anyway."

Mrs. Shirley: "So, Tony, howís your photography class going?"

Tony: "You want to see my photos?"

Mrs. Shirley: "Yah."

Tony: "Iíve got them right here."

Mrs. Shirley: "Wow, thatís a lot of photos. Tony, these are yours? Iíve been seeing these in the dark room and I love them, and they never had a name on them. Ö These are amazing. I love how you captured your subjects Ö etc.

Mrs. Shirley continues: "Ö Who is this in this photo?"

Tony: "A friend of mine. Ah, he doesnít live hear. He lives in Elk Rapids."

Mrs. Shirley: "Oh, whatís his name?"

Tony: "Charles." Ö (then some conversation that I could not understand.)

Mrs. Shirley: "Ö how would you feel about submitting this photo to ~the contest?"

Tony: "I donít think that that would be a good ideaÖ.I really think that I have to be going now."

Mrs. Shirley, quietly: "Ah, come here for a second."

Tony, nervously: "I really need to be going"

Mrs. Shirley: "Tony, I think I understand what you are going through. If there is something you need to tell me, Iím here."

Tony, very nervously: "Itís not right, I think itís a bad idea."

Mrs. Shirley: "Look, I understand. I think I went through the same thing. Prom time can be the worst. Youíre feeling this pressure from your friends to be somebody that youíre not. I know what you are going through. You know, this is a safe place in this school."

Tony, as he is leaving: "OK."

Mrs. Shirley, tenderly: "Say hi to Charles."

Tony: "I will."

13

Mockingly: "Ö I am from the love of God, religiously raised so ĎTHE LORD CAN BE PRAISEDí."

14

"I am from ĎHail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with me. Get on your knees and pray."

15

SUNG: "Birds flying high, you know how I feel. Sun and sky, you know how I feel. Breeze drifting on by and you know how I feel. Itís a new dawn, itís a new day, itís a new life for me. Itís a new dawn, itís a new day, itís a new life for me. New. And Iím feeling good."

16

"I release to you. My beautiful and terrible fears. I release to you. You were once my beloved and hated twin, but now I do not know you as myself. I release you with all the pain I would know Ö you are not my blood anymore."

17

"The people failed to get along. The people failed to get along because they fear each other. They fear each other because they do not know each other. They do not know each other because they have not communicated with each other."

18

"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost, for there is where they should be. Now, put foundations under them."

19

(low drumming heard in the background, intensifying) "Do not be overwhelmed. Do not be overwhelmed by drumming of the worldís streets, live justly now, walk humbly now, love mercy now. [Micah 6:8] You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it."

20

"Today you forsook your fears based in years of unsubstantiated lies Ö because you have tried to look beyond your own gaze and open your eyes."

21

Actor #1: "APOLLINAIRE SAID, APOLLINAIRE SAID COME TO THE EDGE!"

All other actors respond: "ITíS TOO HIGH!"

Actor #1: "COME TO THE EDGE!"

All other actors respond: "WEíLL FALL!"

Actor #1: "COME TO THE EDGE! AND THEY CAME! AND HE PUSHED THEM!"

All Respond together: "AND THEY FLEW!"

[  Guillaume Apollinaire,   1880-1918 French Poet, Philosopher ]

   

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