School fights back: Parents’ lose suit opposing Rent & Laramie Project.

Great week for high school theatre!

RENT and the Laramie project are two of the most challenged plays in high schools around the country, but both shows will go on thanks to the Green Valley High School administration and Clark County’s District Court in Henderson, NV despite parents who objected to the plays’ “mature content”.

In an attempt to stop the plays from being performed, parents filed a suit for a preliminary injunction. However, the court sided with the Clark County School District, who claimed the parents’ lawyer failed to prove that it would cause ‘irreparable harm‘ to the plaintiffs.

It’s a shame many parents fail to recognize the intellectual capacities of students, by labeling RENT and The Laramie Project too “mature”.  According to Sarah Balogh, a 17-year performing in this school’s production of RENT, these plays are “all about compassion and tolerance” and the victory is a start towards upholding those principles.

We applaud the school for standing up to the parents’ threats.  School boards and libraries have often given into the pressure of a few, allowing those viewpoints to impose on another’s right to perform or read material they choose.  Just as Justice Jackson observed half a century ago that the attempt to “eliminate everything that is objectionable…will leave public education in shreds,” the current case should make it clear that “students are better served by exposure to ‘controversial’ material than by misguided – and unrealistic – attempts to shield them from it.”

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2 Responses to School fights back: Parents’ lose suit opposing Rent & Laramie Project.

  1. AMother says:

    A huge miss for the court.The parents should pull their kids out.This is as stupid as parents suing schools about bullying.(like where daycare’s)this time it’s backwards.another reason kids act too grown now a days

  2. Hurray! says:

    I am always astounded by people who refer to censorship issues and pit “parents” against “teachers.” Do these people not realize that many of the teachers are parents? How many of the parents who object to issues in literature attended college? But, more concerning than anything is, what do they fear? By reading something, you don’t run out and do it! I would much prefer my daughters read about rape and experience it vicariously through the literature, than to be raped! I prefer that my children learn about eating disorders, drug use/abuse than do it. How many drug addicts blame their addictions on having read it in a book? Sexual predators? Promiscuous teens? Bullying?

    Here is a question for AMOTHERSAYS, would you rather your child be bullied or be the bully? If you think that bullying doesn’t harm people, then you haven’t paid attention to the world, politics, and the reasons the shooters attack schools and kill PEOPLE! Or is it okay “just” to bully “some” people?

    Do they truly believe that by watching RENT their child might become gay? What day did the parents awaken and decide that they were going to be heterosexual? Do they even understand the universal ideas behind this play? Also, the Christ that I was taught to believe in and follow was a loving, compassionate, understanding and forgiving man, why can’t the people that follow His doctrine, yet want everyone to conform to them and their wishes be more like the one they are following?

    For the parents out there who feel that RENT doesn’t meet their moral code, just go out and rent Grand Theft Auto from your local video store and let your 14 year old shoot “whores” and “pimps.” I’m sure you will think you did the right thing, and until you find out differently, I will pray for your children.

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