High schoolers turned into 3rd period pro-LGBT lobbyists

Monday, March 8, 2021
Bob Kellogg, Billy Davis (OneNewsNow.com)

"Celebrate Diversity" bannerA public high school in Ohio jumped into politics and the culture war, and blatantly used its own students to do so, only to be challenged by the community for using them as pawns.

In a February email to school staff, a vice principal at Hilliard Davidson High announced the City of Hilliard was planning to debate an anti-discrimination ordinance. The school official then ordered classroom teachers to block out time during class to watch a propaganda video, produced by students, and to write letters in support of the city law.

“We need YOU to share with our elected officials in the form of a hard-copy letter why expanding the anti-discrimination legislation is necessary,” vice principal Kristen Clausen wrote in the Feb. 16 email that was obtained by the Center for Christian Virtue.  

In the email, Clausen explains why she was urging the school to take action: Two city council members, working with a Hilliard High student, encouraged the student to “leverage the power of student voice” to help them expand the city’s anti-discrimination law by adding sexual orientation, gender identity, and even gender expression to the current law. 

“Students,” the vice principal’s letter reads, “now is your turn to help us bring about a better tomorrow.”

Just a few days later, after Center for Christian Virtue publicized the lobbying effort, Hilliard City Schools released a statement claiming school policy forbids the action. Board policy “sets clear expectations that literature promoting or opposing political figures, candidates or issues, not be distributed in the school setting,” the statement reads.

The statement goes on to suggest that students were encouraged but not required to write letters in support but, in reality, the original email states that teachers were instructed to show a student-produced YouTube video to the class then students were expected to use the remaining class time to write a letter to the city council.

The three-minute video, narrated by a Hilliard high student and directed at fellow students, includes contact information for school staff.

Reacting to the incident, Linda Harvey of Mission America tells One News Now the incident reveals another underhanded effort by homosexual activists to use well-meaning students as pawns.

“And their attitude is 'catch me if you can,’” she warns. 

Aaron Baer, who leads Center for Christian Virtue, stated on the group’s website that the school’s statement ignored the “gravity” of their action, which was abusing their power over “young minds” to push a political agenda.

“The leadership at Hilliard Davidson needs to understand that celebrating diversity isn’t just about recognizing how we may look different,” Baer said. “It’s also about respecting different perspectives and worldviews.”

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