From the State That Brought You Jim McGreevey

25 06 2007

KSDK-NBC-5:

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The school district said Monday it regretted ordering a picture of a male student kissing his boyfriend blacked out from all copies of a high school yearbook and said it apologized to the student.

Andre Jackson, the student, said he was disappointed that the superintendent had not delivered the apology face-to-face and in public. Because of that, he said he didn’t accept it as sincere.

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Previously, Bolden had described the picture, which showed Jackson kissing boyfriend David Escobales, as “illicit.”

“If it was either heterosexual or gay, it should have been blacked out. It’s how they posed for the picture,” Bolden told The Star-Ledger of Newark for Saturday’s editions.

In the 4 1/2-by-5-inch photo, Jackson is seen turning his head back over his right shoulder and kissing Escobales, 19, of Allentown, Pa. It was blacked out after Russell Garris, the district’s assistant superintendent who oversees the city’s high schools, told Bolden he was concerned that the photo could upset parents.

What? You’re telling me that the same state that brought us James “The Gay American” McGreevey, and will probably never vote for a Republican for anything ever again, actually has parents left that disapprove of homosexuality? Looks like somebody’s going to have to spend time in some propaganda mills diversity training.

The photo was among several that appeared on a special personal tribute page in the yearbook.

Jackson, who paid $150 for the page, noted that the yearbook is filled with pictures of heterosexual couples kissing.

Oh, now I know why the school district officials backed down. Money talks, and money walks.


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