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Letter: Parent's responsibility, not the school's, to teach

Published: Monday, Nov. 26 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

Jamila Tharp, surrounded by her wife, Michelle Hasting and her children, Kaiden, Alexander and Abigail, (left to right) reads, "In Our Mothers' House," during a forum named, "A Community Stands Up, Northern Utah Addresses LGBT Bullying and Suicide." The panel raised concerns over removal of the book, "In Our Mothers' House," and it's the story of two homosexual women raising children in a "non- traditional household", in a Davis County Elementary School which placed the book "behind the counter," Monday, June 11, 2012, in Ogden, Utah.

Tom Smart, Deseret News

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I am sickened by the ACLU's decision to sue the Davis School District because the school removed a book from the library. First of all, the book is inappropriate material for children, and it does not belong in the school library.

Secondly, where does the ACLU get off proclaiming that this is about the rights of elementary aged children? Is this a joke? What's next? Third graders suing their parents because they can't smoke cigarettes?

Gay marriage is a subject to be handled by parents or guardians, period. It has no place in schools, in the library or textbooks, etc. That is called indoctrination. If the ACLU wants to try to pretend this is a "free speech" issue then what is there to stop books about polygamy or incest — available right in your neighborhood's elementary school.

Leave kids alone and let parents have control.

Tonia Doussett

Orem

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