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Teacher sued for showing Brokeback Mountain in class

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/l...ck=1&cset=true

Teacher sued for showing R movie

Gay-themed film caused 8th grader stress, family says

By Mary Owen
Tribune staff reporter
Published May 13, 2007

A substitute teacher who showed an R-rated movie to 8th graders about two gay cowboys told students, "What happens in Ms. Buford's class stays in Ms. Buford's class," according to a lawsuit filed Friday.

A 12-year-old girl and her family filed the suit against the Chicago Board of Education after the teacher showed "Brokeback Mountain" to students at Ashburn Community Elementary School a year ago.

The student, Jessica Turner, said she suffered psychological distress after watching the movie, according to the suit. The movie, which stars Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as two cowboys who fall in love, includes love scenes between the two men and between the men and their wives.

"It is very important to me that my children not be exposed to this," said Turner's grandfather and guardian, Kenneth Richardson, by phone Saturday. "The teacher knew she was not supposed to do this. ... It's like I told the principal, she should have better control over her teachers."

The lawsuit, which seeks $500,000 in damages, was filed in Cook County Circuit Court. The suit also names Ashburn Principal Jewel Diaz and the substitute teacher, known only in the complaint as Ms. Buford.

Chicago Public Schools Spokesman Mike Vaughn declined to comment Saturday because he had not seen the lawsuit. Diaz could not be reached for comment.

According to the lawsuit, Buford was a substitute teacher in Turner's 8th-grade class on May 26, 2006. She told the class, "What happens in Ms. Buford's class stays in Ms. Buford's class" and asked a student to shut the classroom door.

Buford showed the video without permission from parents and guardians, the lawsuit states.

Richardson said his granddaughter was traumatized after watching the movie and told him, "They made me watch this bad movie." Richardson said he went to the school to speak to Buford, but she refused to do so without her union representative.

He said Diaz appeared "upset" when she learned that the teacher had showed the movie.

The grandfather deferred to his attorney when asked about the specifics of the "psychological treatment and counseling" that the lawsuit states Turner underwent as a result of watching the movie.

This isn't the first time Richardson has taken issue with material used in his children's classes. He said that in fall 2005, he complained to Diaz about reading material that included curse words.

"This was the last straw," Richardson said of the "Brokeback Mountain" screening. "I feel the lawsuit was necessary because of the warning I had already given them on the literature they were giving out to children to read. I told them it was against our faith."

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How ridiculous..........big deal!!!!!!



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psychological distress my ass.......that little bitch is just homophobic! It seems you can get sued for any thing now!



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I thought that movie was dull as dishwater once I saw it. I couldn't even get through it.

I think that's a little inappropriate for 8th graders without getting the parents' permission.

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psychological distress?

I bet there was, if the child was brought up in such homophobic house I can imagine she was rather shocked - but it was not because of the rather tame love scenes.

But I do think that a teacher should know better than to show an R rated movie to 12 years old, no matter what topic and how important the movie is.
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Psychological damage LMAO!

God some people will sue for anything now.

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The substitute teacher is supposed to do what? Stick to the program...the class
program already in place by the regular teacher. This sub is also not supposed to
tell the class to keep secrets from parents and teachers to do what she wants.
What a nut job.

The material is inappropriate.
Not just the gay sex scenes, and subject matter.

But, the straight sex scenes and frontal nudity.

A movie theater would not legally be able to let a
12 year old w/o their parent in to see Brokeback.
What gives a sub the right to do it for the parent,
what even Hollywood has deemed in appropriate for
a 12 year old minor. Not just a right wing conservative
parent.


It's not up to the teacher, especially not a sub., to
deem what sex and nude things the child should be seeing or
reading about.

12 year olds....an age where some probably look and act 16,
and where look and act 9....

The parent probably won't get much of anything out of this, but,
making sure the school district is taken to task for hiring a
loopy sub.

If the sub showed Passion of The Christ, and said, don't tell anyone,
and they were 11 and 12 years old....I would have the same opinion.
It's not appropriate for the age, especially w/o parents, in a public
school.
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I don't think it's lawsuit-worthy, but I'd be pissed as a parent. Maybe the little girl is a lesbian and the movie is bringing out feelings in her of distress as she's thinking she's like the guys in the movie or something and doesn't understand and/or can't deal with it. Eight grade is a strange time. Also, don't they get killed in the end in a gay-bashing incident? I turned it off out of boredom early on.

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Whatever happened to a simple complaint to the headmaster?

$500.000 suit? LMAO!

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I thought that movie was dull as dishwater once I saw it. I couldn't even get through it.

I think that's a little inappropriate for 8th graders without getting the parents' permission.
I agree. The movie sucked ... One minute they were herding sheep and the next they were all over one another in the tent

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I agree. The movie sucked ... One minute they were herding sheep and the next they were all over one another in the tent
I know! That like NEVER happens in real life, either. Well, it's never happened to me at least, and I got it going on.

So, Sally, what does happen at the end? Do they get slashed by a homophobic psychopath in the woods, or is it like something a little more traditional?

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500 000$ for showing a movie?
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I know! That like NEVER happens in real life, either. Well, it's never happened to me at least, and I got it going on.

So, Sally, what does happen at the end? Do they get slashed by a homophobic psychopath in the woods, or is it like something a little more traditional?
well if I remember correctly. the heath leger character is on the phone with the other guy's wife asking what happened to his friend and she makes up some ridiculous story about how he was changing a tire or something and a hubcap hit him and killed him but while she was saying this, they were showing him being killed in a gay bashing.

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well if I remember correctly. the hugh jackman character is on the phone with the other guy's wife asking what happened to his friend and she makes up some ridiculous story about how he was changing a tire or something and a hubcap hit him and killed him but while she was saying this, they were showing him being killed in a gay bashing.

Booooring! I thought if there was some good Friday the 13th camp-style action at the end, it might be worth a second look.

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Booooring! I thought if there was some good Friday the 13th camp-style action at the end, it might be worth a second look.
now see... it would have won best picture if at the end instead of Jake Gyllenhal being killed by some guys in a gay bashing if the wife did it instead.

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