Sarenha Dinamar (sarenha) wrote in puucyouth,
Sarenha Dinamar
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A Biit of Trouble Close to Home...

My school has begun blocking websites for the reson "Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual Intrest". This is clearly a grievious problem. I have sent the man with the final say a letter asking him kindly not to block these sites, and would appreciate your support letters.

Sites blocked include TheAdvocate.com, Out.com, and Timeoutyouth.com.

His contact info is-

Steve Alexander
Chief Technology Officer for Cabarrus County

saexand@cabarrus.k12.nc.us



This was my letter-

Mr, Alexander.

I am a tenth grade student at J. M. Robinson. I am an avid user of school resources such as our resource and fiction books in the library and the school computers. Today one of my friends called me over to look at his computer and saw that his computer had been blocked from the site TheAdvocate.com which, you may know, is a news site for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender people of all ages. The reason for blocking the site was that it contained "Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual interests."
As a person who believes in equality for all races, genders, and sexual orientations, I was very angry. I looked further, finding that Out.com and TimeOutYouth.org were also screened. Again, both of these sites have in the past been very helpful to me is research, I studied Out.com for a civics project and Time Out Youth is a local youth resource as well, and part of what they do is student education. I spoke to Karen Fisher today, who said that the sites had been banned because of their other than scholastic content, but as I am sure you see, they are in fact very much related to learning, every bit as much as any of the other websites that can be accessed.
I'm sure that your changing your site blocker to block sites with these themes are to keep your students on track, and I am sure you do not want to hobble or discriminate against any of them. For this reason it is imperative that you remove your screens surrounding the gay, lesbian, and bisexual resource and news sites, and do not make it seem as though you are valuing your heterosexual youth over your sexual minority students.

Thanks so much,
Savannah Seithel

704 455 8305

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Please be mindful and not accusatory in your letters- we don't want to be written off.


Thanks sooo much.
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