The Germantown Hills School District #69 superintendent announced Wednesday’s town hall meeting regarding students’ discussion of sexual identities has been closed off to the public and the press.
Superintendent Daniel Mair said the meeting has been closed “At the request of parents concerned about the privacy of their children” and that a statement will be sent out to media after the discussion. Mair said only parents of current Germantown Hills Middle School students and staff members can attend.
Local LGBTQ+ activist group Peoria Proud initially intended on attending the town hall:
By forbidding conversation about sexual orientation, the Germantown School District #69 Administration further stigmatizes their LGBTQ students. We encourage Superintendent Dan Mair to reconsider putting these students through the trauma of the town hall meeting he has called about restricting their freedom of speech and expression. We call on him to follow the lead of Peoria Public Schools #150, and utilize the FLASH evidence-based reproductive health curriculum and community resources such as the HULT Health Center, to support students in their understanding of who they are, how their body works, and how to have healthy relationships.
In a letter obtained by WMBD on Friday, principal Kate Williams wrote to parents that “students who are openly discussing their sexual identity” have caused a “significant disruption.”
She wrote that students have the right to attend school free of harassment, but they do not have the right to dictate when and where they will discuss their sexual orientation or identity. Williams brought up a situation she says occurred last week in which a student distributed rainbow heart stickers to others and prompted a disruptive discussion.
The meeting is set for 6 p.m. in the JDS Gym.