Lexington, Mass., father of 6-year-old arrested, spends night in jail
over objections to homosexual curriculum in son's kindergarten class.
"Because of the same-sex marriage law people are treating this as a mandate
to teach the youngest of children."
- David Parker, parent of 6-year-old, arrested Apr. 27, 2005
What you are about to read and see below is shocking and frightening, something that
no one would have believed possible in America. But now in Massachusetts,
propelled by the same-sex "marriage" ruling, this could become commonplace. Each month
this reign of madness becomes more aggressive.
In this report, below, including photos:
Summary of what
On April 27, a Lexington, MA, parent, David Parker, was arrested by the
Lexington police and charged with "trespassing" at his son’s elementary school
during a scheduled meeting with the principal and the town’s Director of
Education over his objections to homosexual curriculum materials. Parker had
asked for notification and possible opt-out for his son for homosexual
ad-hoc discussions by adults in his son’s kindergarten class. After several
months of communication, he was repeatedly told that his requests are "not possible."
He finally said he would not leave the meeting until this was resolved.
After being arrested and spending the night in jail, Parker was arraigned on
Thursday, April 28, in Concord District Court. When he informed Judge Robert
McKenna that he had not been allowed to call his lawyer, the judge scolded him
for not being respectful. Parker was released on $1,000 surety bond. He was officially informed that he may not set foot on
any school property in Lexington, or he will be arrested again for trespassing.
A hearing was set for June 1, followed by court appearances on Aug. 2 and Sept.
New superintendent is no different. During the summer, Dr. Paul Ash
took over as superintendent of Lexington Schools from William Hurley, who was
serving in an interim capacity. On Sept. 22, Ash announced he was ordering
teachers to give NO notice when discussing homosexual relationships with
children, even in elementary grades. (see report below). Ash also continues to
enforce the no-trespass order against Parker. At the Sept. 19 court appearance,
Judge McKenna gave Ash an extra 30 days to decide whether to lift the ban, after
Ash had complained he hadn't had enought time.
Statement by David Parker (April 27, 2005):
“I, David Parker, am the father of a
kindergarten student at Estabrook Elementary School in Lexington,
Massachusetts. Since the beginning of this school year, my wife and
I have learned that school materials and discussions about gay-headed
households/same-sex union issues have been exposed to the
children. There are definitive plans to increase the
teacher/staff/adult mediated discussions of these subjects.
“We have officially stated on many
occasions—to the Lexington school administration—a request that we
be notified when these discussions are planned, and want our 6-year-old
opted out of such situations when arising “spontaneously”.
“Our parental requests for our own child
were flat-out denied with no effort at accommodation. In our meeting
on April 27, I, insisted that such accommodation be made and refused
to leave the meeting room. I was informed that I would be arrested.”
Events leading up to the arrest
Timeline of events and email exchange
between Parkers and principal.
Extremely enlightening. This is the timeline of events starting in January and
leading up to the final meeting and arrest on April 27, 2005.
Original book brought
home by kindergarten class.
Here's the book, "Who's in a Family," that started it all. It came home with the
Parker's kindergarten-age son in January. (Also, some of the books
given out in other grades.)
Parkers attend elementary school's "Anti-Bias Committee"
Here's what the Parkers witnessed (and were told) -- a real eye-opener. In
Massachusetts (and other places) much of a school's radical agenda gets in
under the radar through these semi-official committes of radical teachers,
administrators, and some parents, which operate outside of any formal oversight.
Other family in David Parker's elementary school
leaves town over homosexual agenda in school.
David Parker is an unusual -- very special -- man, in that he was willing to
stand up and fight for his rights. Unfortunately, too many parents feel so
overwhelmed and or intimidated that they see their only option is to leave. (And
this is exactly what the so-called "diversity" crowd likes to see happen!)
The night before arrest: Parker addresses the Lexington School Committee with his concerns,
The night before the final meeting (and arrest) David Parker spoke passionately
before the School Committee about his situation. And they rudely ignored him.
They wouldn't even give him the courtesy of a reply.
The arrest and court appearance
including meeting & negotiation with
The meeting and "negotiation" -- followed by arrest,
jail, and court appearance (plus photos).
tactics throughout, as the Superintendent pretended as if he were
willing to reach a settlement with the Parkers, then at the end pulled
the rug out and had him arrested.
Following the arrest, Superintendent makes
public statements to discredit and demean Parker.
Read Superintendent's statements to the press, and his press release
(sent with home with every child in the school). Unbelieveable.
Superintendent sends letter to
Parkers officially denying their request to be notified when adults discuss
homosexuality with their son.
Completely Orwellian - must be seen to be believed. Superintendent even gets
the son's grade wrong (says "first grade" instead of "kindergarten"). It's clear
he didn't actually read Parker's written request, since he continues to misstate
concerns as primarily centering around the original book.
Gov. Mitt Romney on television making statement
in support of David Parker.
Massachusetts Governor supports David
Parker with statement on television the day following arrest:
"We have in Massachusetts a parental notification statute specifically in
matters related to human sexuality. If a parent wants to be informed
of what is being taught in a classroom and wants to have their child
withdrawn from the classroom for that portion of the class dealing
with human sexuality, that parent has the right." (Thurs.,
Arrogant acts by Lexington school officials
Superintendent bans Parker
from all school property indefinitely.
Initiated by then-Acting Superintendent William Hurley, and continued by new
Superintendent Paul Ash (who took over July 1).
David Parker cannot pick up his son from school, attend parent-teacher meetings,
go to school plays or sports activities, go with his son to the recent "back to
school" event, attend School Committee meetings -- or even vote on election day!
The Superintendent of Schools refuses to lift the ban, even after all these
September 22 - Superintendent of Schools orders NO notice to
parents on teaching homosexual relationships, even in elementary
Unbelieveable; a first in America! You read this correctly. This must be
the most draconian anti-parent edict by a public school administrator ever. In defending this move,
Superintendent Paul Ash cites a
very strange interpretation of
Mass. Parental Notification Law (which WE wrote &
Read the Massachusetts Parental Notification Act which the
school is ignoring. In this case, the Superintendent claims
that homosexuality is not about "human sexuality issues" but "real
life" that must be taught to kids. [NOTE: This law was written
and submitted before the Legislature by the current director of
MassResistance. It passed in 1996 and was signed by Gov. Bill
Events since the arrest --
court appearances, vilification campaign
by homosexual activist groups, demonstrations.
June 1 Court Appearance (plus
Apparent heated discussion with judge
regarding criminal trespassing charge. Lesbian activists show up
at hearing to intimidate Parker supporters and influence
news reporters. Case continued until Aug. 2.
June 5 - Statewide Rally for David Parker
At Celebration International Church in Natick, people came from all over
Massachusetts to support David Parker (pictures). Great
speeches! Outside - picketed by gay activists.
August 2 Court Appearance (plus
More gay activists come to intimidate, but are completely
overshadowed by numerous Parker supporters (pictures).
Arrogant Lexington city officials continue to ban Parker
from all school property, as son about to enter 1st grade.
At hearing, jury trial scheduled for Sept. 21; Parker's lawyers
give press conference.
September 6 - Rally for David Parker on Lexington Battle Green.
This says it all. Parker's friends and neighbors gather to give him
support, make speeches, etc., on historic Lexington Battle Green. But gay
activists organize a huge counter-demonstration to intimidate them, including
left-wing church leaders and even elected public officials!
Rally on Battle Green (plus photos)
Parents gathered for rally at Lexington Battle Green to protest
town's order keeping parent David Parker off all school property.
Opponents want ban to stay - claim Parker's against "children,
families, schools" because of his stand on parental notification
Pro-gay counter-demonstration across street
Angry pro-gay supporters -- including local public officials &
liberal clergy -- counter-demonstrate at David Parker rally.
David Parker's speech at Rally
David Parker's speech: "Parents stand your ground! Don't return their hate and intolerance
when fired upon, But if they mean to have a war over our parental rights,
Battling for the hearts and minds of our children, then let it begin
Police determine Parker's safety is threatened - escort
him from planned TV interview (plus photos).
Police determine Parker's physical safety threatened by enraged pro-gay
activists, refuse to let Parker do on-site TV interview; escort him away.
Current Status: On October 20, 2005, the Middlesex
County District Attorney decided to drop the
criminal trespass charge
against David Parker! See full report here.
Later, Superintendent Paul Ash finally recinded the no-trespass order against
Parker. But Parker was informed that still no notice would be given if the
schools were to discuss homosexuality with his son.
More to come, as events unfold!
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