November 5, 2012

Gorham principal apologizes for sex discussion

Principal Robert Riley said he was alerted by some teachers who said it all happened so fast they didn't know how to respond.

The Associated Press

GORHAM — The Gorham Middle School principal is apologizing for a presentation during the school's diversity day that turned sexual in nature.

PRINCIPAL'S STATEMENT

In a blog post today, Gorham Middle School Principal Robert Riley wrote:

"There has been considerable discussion and talk about our 5th Annual Diversity Day activities. Unfortunately, it focused upon one presentation to two groups of students and not on the 16 other presentations, each done three times during the day, that focused on many of the issues our students encounter each day, both in and out of school.

"There is no excuse for what happened. It happened, and it happened quickly in response to an honest student question. The results of which we are all very aware. We will be more vigilant in the future to make sure this does not happen again, but the idea of Diversity Day program is still very important to us as a Middle School."

A group called Proud Rainbow Youth of Southern Maine gave a presentation last month about gender diversity and discrimination.

Parent Kristy Howard told WCSH-TV that a teacher should have stepped in when the topic turned to sexual foreplay during a question-and-answer session. She said she was shocked when her son told her about it.

Principal Robert Riley said he was alerted by some teachers who said it all happened so fast they didn't know how to respond.

Riley sent an apology letter home, saying the presenters strayed off topic to subject matter not appropriate for middle school students.

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