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.
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.
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...?
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.
The Eagle Forum enjoys limiting freedoms in America. Their world of censorship
and restrictions is more in line with China than America. Go figure.
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.
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
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.
What's next? A permission slip to think?
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?
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: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.
LeeshaYes! 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.