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WATCH: GSAs Teach Kids How to Have Gay Sex, Says Tenn. Parent

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When the Franklin County, Tenn., School Board took comments from the public Monday night on Franklin County High School’s controversial gay-straight alliance , the dialogue turned downright salty.

The meeting drew a major crowd with people both for and against the continued meetings of the GSA. Some people representing the opposition used sexually graphic language to explain why they believe the club should no longer exist.

“There’s really no place for discussion of sexual orientation in a public high school,” Franklin resident Robert Widelick told the board, according to a video posted to YouTube from Monday night’s meeting.

“The mainstream media won’t report it, but the Internet is packed with truths about the radical gay political agenda and lifestyles. In order to get what they want, they’re targeting kids. If you’ve ever heard of Kevin Jennings, he’s the founder of the GLSEN [Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network]. In 2006, they had a conference up in Massachusetts where they bused in middle school and high school kids that were members of the GSA, and they were subjected to stuff like fisting, rimming, oral sex, anal sex. The GLSEN does not belong in our schools.”

Widelick was actually referring to a 2000 conference that led to right-wing groups reporting that inappropriate material was given to young people. Jennings and GLSEN were not responsible for the most controversial content of the conference, and they actually were critical of it. Also, some of the claims about the material were exaggerated. Media Matters has a full report debunking the right's accusations against Jennings, which escalated when he was appointed to a position in the U.S. Department of Education during President Obama's first term.

The board will meet next month to consider policies that would prohibit all of the school’s noncurricular clubs from seeking new membership and require them to take names of people who attend meetings. The county schools director has said that GSA organizers went through proper procedures in establishing the club, that the group will continue to be allowed to meet, and that any new policy would not be retroactive.

Watch video from the contentious meeting below.

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