Katy Bourne


An Open Letter to the Lake County School Board

POSTED ON December 20, 2013 | POSTED IN: My Blog | 5 Comments

 

For the love of God, what is wrong with you people?

Imagine my surprise (and disgust) today when I learned that you are doubling down on your efforts to block the formation of a Gay-Straight Alliance at Carver Middle School. As such, the ACLU has now filed a second suit on behalf of the students whose civil liberties are being violated by your actions.  Really? Didn’t you learn anything the first time around? It’s bad enough that the members of this board continue to abuse their authority to contravene the constitutional rights of others. But it takes a special kind of cowardice for adults to engage in the institutional harassment of young people. Hannah Faughan and her peers are attempting to form the GSA as a means to address the problem of bullying at Carver Middle School. It’s sadly ironic that they are now being bullied by the very adults who are supposed to be protecting them. What about these kids has you so crapping-in-your-pants afraid anyway? As members of the Lake County School Board, you should be embarrassed by this pathetic spectacle.

By the way, the ACLU has a pretty damn good track record with cases such as this one. I question the intelligence of this board and whatever attorney represents it. Is this really a wise use of your resources and energies? It seems like an enormous waste of money. Don’t some of the schools in your district need repairs or upgrades? Why don’t you pay for sensitivity training for the principal and staff of Carver Middle School instead of racking up billable hours with some dumb lawyer who is chasing down a case he/she probably has no hope of winning?

You seem oblivious to the fact that we’re living in 2013. The President of the United States is black and gay marriage is legal in 17 states. We have vehicles that can park themselves and we can store thousands of books, movies and songs on devices that are no bigger than a stick of gum. If Jeff Bezos has his way, we’ll soon have drones delivering packages to our doorsteps. We are firmly forward focused. So members of the Lake County School Board, why are you so intent on clinging to the Dark Ages? Do you have some kind of twisted issue with social evolution? Or are you just hoping that if you’re bigoted enough, you’ll get your own reality TV show? As I said earlier, what the hell is wrong with you people?

And don’t you have anything better to do anyway? It’s Christmas already. Shouldn’t you be drinking eggnog or erecting a Nativity scene somewhere, hopefully not in a school? Instead of bullying the kids in your district, why don’t you do something helpful? You know, something that actually might make the world a better place?

Speaking of the Nativity, somewhere Jesus is slamming his head against a wall. While he may be contractually bound to love all of you, he doesn’t have to like you. And he probably has little patience for folks (like you) who consistently don’t get it. If the shit you’re pulling with the GSA at Carver Middle School has something to do with religion, I’m guessing Jesus would like to slap you upside your collective heads about now. Jesus really digs the First Amendment. And he loves LGBT kids.

On a side note, my 16-year old son is gay. I picked him up from school on my way home from work this afternoon. He gave me a candle that he made in his art class. We had nachos for dinner. He’s listening to music as I write this. I know he represents your worst nightmare, but for the life of me, I don’t know why.

But at any rate, here you go again, bullying young people and trampling on their rights. I’m willing to bet you all have prescriptions for Ambien because I don’t know how you sleep nights otherwise. While people the likes of Phil Robertson and Sarah Palin may applaud your stand, the majority of us think you’re assholes. You’re egregiously out of step. Seriously, you should be ashamed of yourselves. Why don’t you try picking on someone your own size? If you need a volunteer, I’ll step up. Bring it. How well can you throw down with an actual adult? Show me what you’ve got. But to quote Pink Floyd, “leave them kids alone.”

 

Katy Bourne

 

P.S.  I am encouraging my readers to give the Lake County School Board direct feedback about the GSA at Carver Middle School and your ongoing efforts to block the formation of this club. To make it easier:

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Bill Mathias

Mathiasb@lake.k12.fl.us

(Bill and I enjoyed a lively and entertaining email exchange last spring. For more, go here and here.)

 

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Roseane Brandeburg*

brandeburgR@lake.k12.fl.us

(*In May of 2013, Ms. Brandeburg was the lone vote against limiting middle school clubs in the Lake County district, which would have helped paved the way for the GSA at Carver Middle School.)

 

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Tod Howard

HowardT@lake.k12.fl.us

 

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Debbie Stivender

stivender@lake.k12.fl.us

 

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Kyleen Fisher

FischerK@lake.k12.fl.us

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5 responses to “An Open Letter to the Lake County School Board”

  1. […] Update: Katy Bourne, a jazz musician, blogger and fierce advocate for LGBT youth, has just posted An Open Letter to the Lake County School Board. It includes contact information for all of Lake County's school board members. Last spring, Katy […]

    • admin says:

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting, Jesse. Can you believe these ding dongs? Let’s keep pushing back. The world needs to see who these creeps are.

  2. Jenny says:

    Well said, and thank you so much for saying it!

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