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7th-Apr-2008 11:30 am
School’s cross-dressing event causes a stir
Conservative radio outraged; officials say it was just ‘a bit of silliness’
REEDSBURG, Wis. - An elementary-school event in which kids were encouraged to dress as members of the opposite gender drew the ire of a Christian radio group, whose angry broadcast prompted outraged calls to the district office.

Students at Pineview Elementary in Reedsburg had been dressing in costume all last week as part of an annual school tradition called Wacky Week. On Friday, students were encouraged to dress either as senior citizens or as members of the opposite sex.

A local resident informed the Voice of Christian Youth America on Friday. The Milwaukee-based radio network responded by interrupting its morning programming for a special broadcast that aired on nine radio stations throughout Wisconsin. The broadcast criticized the dress-up day and accused the district of promoting alternative lifestyles.
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"We believe it's the wrong message to send to elementary students," said Jim Schneider, the network's program director. "Our station is one that promotes traditional family values. It concerns us when a school district strikes at the heart and core of the Biblical values. To promote this to elementary-school students is a great error."

Schneider co-hosts "Crosstalk," a nationally syndicated call-in Christian radio show.

Poll: Was cross-dressing event appropriate for kids?

‘A bit of silliness’
After the program aired, both the school and Reedsburg School District office were flooded with calls complaining about the event.

The response surprised Principal Tammy Hayes, who said no one had raised any objections beforehand. She said a flier detailing Wacky Week had been sent home with children the prior week, and an announcement was also included in teacher newsletters.

The dress-up day was not an attempt to promote cross-dressing, homosexuality or alternative gender roles, district administrator Tom Benson said.

"The promotion of transgenderism — that was not our purpose," Benson told the Baraboo News Republic. "Our purpose was to have a Wacky Week, mixing in a bit of silliness with our reading, writing and arithmetic."

The theme for Friday's dress-up day came from students, Hayes said.

"It's different every year. They basically present the ideas, and they vote on what they would like from Monday through Friday," Hayes said. "... They did not mean anything by this day. They were trying to have fun and come up with a fun dress-up day."

About 40 percent of the student body dressed up Friday, Hayes estimated, with half portraying senior citizens and half dressing as the opposite sex.

"I can assure you we will not be having this day (again)," Hayes said.

Reedsburg is in southern Wisconsin, about 60 miles northwest of Madison.
7th-Apr-2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
LOL from poll: "Where is the outrage from the senior citizens?"

7th-Apr-2008 03:34 pm (UTC) - WWJD?
Jesus wore a dress. End of story.
8th-Apr-2008 11:10 pm (UTC) - Re: WWJD?
Scots still do, and it's totally hot.
7th-Apr-2008 03:56 pm (UTC) - What?
We used to do that at my school! So, why was it OK 20-some years ago, but unthinkable now?
7th-Apr-2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
People just need to take a prozac or something :P
7th-Apr-2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
"It concerns us when a school district strikes at the heart and core of the Biblical values. To promote this to elementary-school students is a great error."

Where in the bleeding fuck of the Bible does it say "Thou shalt not do long division while wearing a skirt?" for boys?

Disturbing thought and conclusion: Those promoting Biblical values know the least about the Bible. And just about everything else. Because they are completely stupid cunts.
7th-Apr-2008 04:11 pm (UTC)
Purely idiotic. Aren't there more important things for these wack-jobs to be concerned about?
7th-Apr-2008 05:23 pm (UTC)
blahblahblah heart and core of biblical values

yeah well stores are open on saturday (which is the actual sabbath but even if we go with the updated version stores are still open on sunday then), banks charge interest on loans, people have graven images of christ on a cross around their necks and it's so HIP to have tattoos

how many MORE things shall we go into that strike at the heart and core of biblical values?

*rolls eyes*
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8th-Apr-2008 12:18 am (UTC)
It really bothers me that the principal caved and said they'd never have that day again. She should be pissed that these people are coming out of the woodwork now to bitch instead of being involved BEFOREHAND. Like she said, the day was no surprise to anyone in the community.
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