November 19, 2021


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Categories: Special needs education

Anti-LGBTQ sentiments on show at KISD board assembly | Schooling

Homophobic rhetoric was exhibited by a group of temple residents during the Killeen Independent School District school committee meeting this week.

Three Temple residents, organized by the Concerned Christian Citizens, asked the Killeen ISD school board to take a position of “neutrality” after the group struggled with a bulletin board for the KISD Career Center Women’s History Month, on the two historic ones LGBTQ activists – Marsha P Johnson and Sylvia Rivera – honored among others in March of the final school year. The Temple group’s timing follows a surge in anti-LGBT sentiment in the state government, with Governor Greg Abbott and some state politicians calling for the removal of “pornographic” books from the school public library featuring LGBTQ characters named Abbott.

In 2018, the Southern Poverty Law Center identified the temple-based CCC as an anti-LGBT hate group due to its efforts to censor an advertisement for LGBTQ Pride Month in the Temple Public Library.

Temple’s Leonard Halleen, who drove into the boardroom on a motorized scooter with a Trump bumper sticker on it, told the Killeen School Board on Tuesday that homosexuality was “unnatural.”

“What really annoys me is why we encourage our children and accept unnatural acts. What does nature have to have in order to thrive? It has to replicate. Homosexuals, by definition, cannot replicate, ”Halleen said before adding a homophobic slander.

Jerry Abney, 78, of Temple, another member of the group, said Tuesday the bulletin board in question was “used for special interests.”

“I think this is a challenge for you, the board of directors, because if we allow special interests to advance their agendas in these schools, where does it stop,” Abney said. “I urge you to develop a policy of neutrality. I hope this will fix and end this problem right away. If not neutrality, then at least equality. If we advocate equality, many, many special interests can come through the door. “

KISD mother Theresa Bonilla addressed the need for an additional COVID-19 log on Tuesday, but ended her time with a statement on the homophobic sentiments targeting the LGBTQ community.

“I want to go into the things that were said before,” said Bonilla. “I think all of our children, regardless of their gender, race, sexual preferences, deserve to be admitted. That’s it. That’s all they want. You want to be accepted. “

KISD mom Amanda Anderson, a board member for the Central Texas Pride Community, said she felt compelled to attend the board meeting after hearing CCC’s comments during the KISD board meeting on October 26.

“We have LGBTQ youth in KISD,” said Anderson. “What about LGBTQ posters, clubs or groups that are getting so excited? What about the security of our queer youth? “

Anderson said that 32% of queer teens regularly miss school because they feel unsafe in school.

“I come here to be a voice for my queer children and all the queer children in this district who may not have a voice here,” she said.

Former KISD educator and activist Irene Andrews first spoke to the board on Tuesday about additional COVID-19 needs before adding her own testimony to the anti-LGBTQ comments.

“Let me close by just saying a few words about these people, no matter how well they mean,” Andrews said on Tuesday. “The only difference between the KKK and the CCC is that the KKK is recognized by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an official hate group and the CCC is on their hate group watch list. The CCC are observed for their damage potential. As far as I’m concerned, that’s all we need to know, and that’s all I will give the time and energy to say about them. “

The Herald asked the school district Thursday whether the Career Center’s Women’s History Month bulletin board is in violation of KISD rules or regulations and whether hate speech is allowed during the school board’s public forum.

In response to the Herald’s request for comment on the polled bulletin board and homophobic slurs made during the KISD school committee meeting on Tuesday, the school district provided the following documents.

Taina Maya, KISD’s communications director, made no direct comment, but responded by the time we went to press with 27 pages of district regulations, including a Texas Association of School Boards document on “Freedom of Expression”.


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