Jordan School District changes policy after 'Dead Man Walking' complaints

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  • Most Truthful and Patriotic Layton, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 4:12 p.m.


    Yes! We DO know -- and our children should learn the consequences of bad actions.
    LET our children be repelled by what they see in that play, rather than having them be curious.

    If "Just Say NO" worked, no one would smoke or use drugs.

    Besides, a phone call from Gayle Ruzicka (based on complaints from people she never revealed) should NOT abdicate our freedoms.
    A woman whose son was using drugs in her own home, and died there due to those drugs -- is trying to tell the rest of us how to raise our children -- and you take HER side?

    I saw her on television last night. Lord, please keep us free from Gayle Ruzicka's political and religious bigotry.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 3:59 p.m.


    I saw the movie so I understand the content. Now, I don't think it would be the most entertaining play to go watch for a high school production, I have a problem with censorship. The subject matter discusses relevant issues in a civilized society such as crime and punishment and themes of redemption (if that would be possible for a crime of this nature--a great topic for discussion). As one old man said above, we don't need a Utah version of the Taliban.

  • Peter Coyotl West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 11:55 a.m.

    Wow, I had a rather benign comment denied once AGAIN!

    Let me try again.

    I live in West Jordan. I will vote against the incumbent school board member running in my district. It is a shame they lacked the courage to stand up to the Eagle Forum bullies who try to force their unique sense of beliefs upon everyone living in Utah.

  • Leesha Kearns, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 11:36 a.m.

    I looked around online and got some information about the play. Have any of you done the same?
    Since when is a story about a man murdering a teenage couple and raping the girl and then lying about it until the morning of his receiving lethal injection,considered appropriate entertainment funded and produced by the local high school?

  • toshi1066 OGDEN, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 10:32 a.m.

    What's next? A permission slip to think?

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 7:36 a.m.

    The Utah branch of the Taliban is alive and well.

    Heaven help us if we allow our children to actually engage in any critical thinking.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 5:27 a.m.

    For the most part I think the schools do a good job of stage productions and plays they perform and how they perform them.

    If there are political organizational or special interest groups who don't like the Freedom of Speech & other inalienable rights the school principals should tell them to direct their concerns or complaints to the constitutional amendment board in Washinton, DC to get freedom of speech eliminated from the Bill of Rights. Freedom of expression and free will are personal and privileged choices we have in education and learning.

    The school should apologize to no one in education and exposing our children in their charge to the truth, no matter how painful it may be to some. There is risk in our rights and freedoms and it is a never ending battle that some groups and organization don't think that this is a right and the ones to be shamed for imposing on others rights and the Board of Education and district offices managers should protect those rights with passionate beliefs. Censorship is criminal and illegal to anyone's objections.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Aug. 30, 2012 11:29 p.m.

    I thought Gayle lived in Utah County somewhere...

    Maybe she needs to go censor the play at Lehi. I hear they want to do Footloose.

  • jp3 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 30, 2012 10:30 p.m.

    The Eagle Forum enjoys limiting freedoms in America. Their world of censorship and restrictions is more in line with China than America. Go figure.

  • Reasonable Emotion Springville, UT
    Aug. 30, 2012 10:06 p.m.

    This is ridiculous. What business does Ms. Ruzicka have regulating the plays that are performed in Jordan School District? If she and her buddies in the Eagle Forum don't like the play, then they are perfectly free not to attend. Dear Eagle Forum: Stop trying to control other people's lives! Some of us (yes, even here in Utah) want to live in the 21st century.

  • DC Fan Wx, UT
    Aug. 30, 2012 9:47 p.m.

    What we have here is the typical government mentality, regulate, regulate, regulate... Just like big government, they think it's job security.. Our school system needs to privatize ... Get some free thinkers in there ... Private sector people, business people, not the government running, and ruining it... There is no way the government in any capacity can run anything as well as the private sector, when are we going to learn that...?

  • lowtherb1 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 30, 2012 7:11 p.m.

    I don't know what she had problem with, language or violence, but I would recommend that she stay away from high school sports. Can you imagine if the school district required a permission slip for attending a football game? Parents and students would be outraged. I think the real problem for the Eagle Forum is the fact that Dead Man Walking doesn't portray capital punishment in a positive light. This was purely political.

  • justme001 Salt Lake, UT
    Aug. 30, 2012 5:38 p.m.

    I would like Gail to apologize for the continues interference in peoples lives that do not want her and her forum there. I want Gail to send a written apology to each cast member and staff for disrupting their lives for something no one in the school had a problem with.
    The parents and the school board had no issues with this play and I can not believe the school bent over for her. So glad my kids are not in the JSD, they wont even stand up for their students or staff. Can't wait to find out what Gail has on everyone, curious why no one in the position of power will stand up to her.