ALLENDALE, Mich. (WOOD) — Allendale Public Schools’ sexual education curriculum is sparking controversy.
A group called Conservatives of Allendale Stand Together says the district made unlawful changes to its sex ed programs and CAST is pushing for changes.
The 29-page complaint CAST filed last month lists five proposed resolutions, including one asking the district to strip LGBTQ issues from its anti-bullying campaigns.
Some parents are upset about the request.
“It seems like this group wants just all of that removed from everywhere and (to) just pretend like they (LGBTQ people) don’t exist. But that can’t happen,” Marcy Moorhead said.
Moorhead has two children enrolled in the district. She was concerned after reading the complaint, and posted it in an online forum ahead of Monday’s school board meeting.
“The majority of the community had no idea that this was going on at school board meetings,” Moorhead explained over the phone Monday. “When they find out, they are pretty horrified that these people say that they’re speaking for them with all these anti-LGBT comments.”
Randy Strick is a part of CAST. His name is one of three found at the bottom of this lengthy complaint.
Strick said the paperwork isn’t an attack on LGBTQ students or parents.
“I think anti-bullying needs to be the case for every student,” he clarified.
In a post to its Facebook page, CAST also explained it sees no reason for the LGBTQ community to be specifically mentioned in anti-bullying material.
CAST members said their complaint comes after several changes were made to sex education at Allendale Public Schools that never went through the Sex Education Advisory Board.
“The concerns are for future changes and existing curriculum, that we follow the Michigan law and we make sure that everything is vetted (by the SEAB),” Strick said.
Earlier this year, an Allendale High School elective course came under fire for its content regarding gender identity. The district removed that part of the curriculum until the board reviews it, but CAST’s complaint asks that it never be considered again.
“I find that very concerning because some of these people in this CAST group are running for the school board,” said Moorhead. “And if there’s people that’s (sic) running for school board that believe that LGBT kids don’t need protection from bullying and that it’s actually harmful for other children to learn about them, I just find that outrageous and very concerning.”
“There are gay kids that are in the Allendale school district. There are trans kids that are in the Allendale school district. They exist. They’re there,” Moorhead added.
The superintendent told 24 Hour News 8 that he’ll issue his official response to the group’s complaint by Wednesday. That’s within the 30-day deadline in which the district must respond.