First Hebson claimed that Arizona was not “aligned” with the school's “beliefs and values." Then, she backpedaled, claiming the district cancelled the trip out of concern for the "safety" of the students.
So what are Highland Park's "beliefs and values?" Arizona is verboten, but Communist China apparently does not conflict with the districts "beliefs and values."
Neither does Suzan Hebson's support of a program where gay upperclassmen shared their experiences with incoming freshmen, and the students had to sign a pledge not to reveal what was said (Fox News, via Sweetness & Light).
In 2007, when she was assistant superintendent for human resources in the district, Hebson made national news for supporting an initiative at Deerfield High School that required freshman students to participate in orientation panel discussions, one of which was led by members of the school’s Straight and Gay Alliance Network. During the seminars, upperclassmen spoke to the ninth graders about a variety of topics affecting homosexual teens, including their own personal experiences — and all students were required to sign confidentiality agreements swearing never to disclose what they heard.Laurie Higgins summarized "Angels in America in 2007:
Parents were not allowed to attend the panel discussions, leading some to call it an attempt to indoctrinate students into a homosexual lifestyle…
...The parents formed a coalition and took out a full-page ad in their local newspaper blasting the mandatory program and its administrative backers and demanded that school officials rein in faculty who they said were promoting homosexuality.
The following year, Hebson was made principal of Deerfield High School, where she became embroiled in another controversy — this time related to the inclusion of the play “Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes” in students’ required reading material.
Parents were alarmed by the book’s explicit content, which includes highly offensive racial slurs, vivid depictions of gay sex and a sexually explicit scene involving Mother Teresa.
Hauser’s group took their complaints to the state attorney general’s office, and school officials backed down, replacing “Angels in America” with another play.
Angels in America is filled with obscenity, primarily forms of f**k. And although it addresses forgiveness (albeit not in a Christian sense, but rather, interpersonal forgiveness), compassion, community, and AIDS, it is primarily a pro-”gay” treatise with heavy-handed leftist politicking (e.g., explicit criticism of the Reagan administration) and sacrilege.Guess who supported Hebson's orientation panel discussions kept from parents?
The plot revolves around two couples: married Mormon couple Harper and Joe whose marriage is disintegrating in large measure due to Joe’s repressed homosexuality, which he eventually acts upon: and a homosexual couple, Louis and Prior, who has AIDS. Louis leaves Prior due to his AIDS and has a month-long affair with Harper’s husband Joe. Roy Cohn — the infamous, unscrupulous, foul-mouthed, closeted, Republican lawyer — is also a central character who dies of AIDS.
Then there is the black, homosexual, drag queen nurse with the heart of gold, Belize,
and the Angel with eight vaginae whose visits prompt sexual arousal and orgasm. Heaven is a dreary place that looks like San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake and people sit around on crates playing cards. The Angels say that God has abandoned man.
Kevin Jennings, executive director of the New York-based Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, commends the Deerfield program.Yes, that Kevin Jennings, Obama's Safe (for whom) Schools czar whose group promoted fisting and other perverse sexual practices. And this is how Hebson's program told the students how to behave.
"We’re not trying to tell people what to believe but how to behave," said Jennings, who described the Illinois Family Institute as one of several organizations trying
to intimidate school districts…
...Ellen Waltz, a Deerfield mother of eight, said the climate has changed so much that students who believe that homosexuality is immoral and violates their religious beliefs are now the ones being bullied.Clearly, as exhibited in 2007 and now with her decision to roadblock the Highland Park Ladies Basketball team's trip to Arizona, Suzan Hebson has a political agenda and uses students as pawns in her far-Left liberal beliefs.
She said other students called her daughter anti-gay and anti-Semitic when she spoke out during the panel four years ago. One of the panel members was Jewish.
"My daughter was devastated when she came home. She said, ‘Everyone hates me,’" said Waltz, adding that she plans to pull her son out of class for the day this year.
First, the Highland Park High School girls deserve to go to Arizona and play their tournament. Hebson nor any other administrator has no right to speak on behalf of these girls and their parents in regards to the Arizona law.
Second, Hebson should be fired as assistant superintendent, or at the very least, demoted to head janitor.
It's good to see that Sarah Palin is still taking up for the Highland Park girls. She told WIND talk show host Amy Jacobson:
"I'm going to Arizona on Saturday ... and Amy, let's think of something we can do to show the girls we are willing to help...I can raise money for them. You can speak for me on this. It was great meeting you last night. We are on the same page."