D86 Board Does Not Suspend Showing of 'Brokeback,' 'American Beauty'
The two racy films will be shown as planned in a Hinsdale South 'Film as Literature' class.
The Hinsdale Township High School District 86 Board Monday night turned down a board member’s request to temporarily suspend the showing of two films, “American Beauty” and “Brokeback Mountain,” that are being shown in a Film as Literature class at Hinsdale South despite being the subject of recent curriculum objections from community members.
The school board voted 5-2 to table a motion by board member Richard Skoda to stop showing of those films temporarily. Dianne Barrett voted with Skoda. The motion to suspend could be brought up again by any of the five who voted to table it, though that appeared unlikely.
About 40 people spoke during a 75-minute audience communication portion of the meeting. Most spoke against the films said were offensive and should not be shown.
The board also discussed, but did not act on, an item regarding its potential power to approve all curriculum materials, including movies.
There are now two curriculum objections to the showing of the films. Those objections are going through a six- to eight-week process toward being reviewed by the administration and possibly the board.
Hinsdale South parent Victor Casini, the first objector who originally brought the issue in front of the board, was asked whether he would appeal to the board if he did not like the superintendent's ruling on his objection.
“I said before, I respect the decision of the school board,” Casini said.
Patch's past reporting on the District 86 movie-objection topic:
- D86 Parent on Objection to Sexually Suggestive Movies: 'Maybe Mine Will Open the Door'
- D86's Wahl: PD's Movie-Related Email Investigation Ongoing, School Safety Not Threatened
- Complaints About Sex-Heavy Films in School Prompt Cops to Review District Emails
- D86 Superintendent: 'Brokeback' and 'American Beauty' Staying on Syllabus for Now
- 'Highly Controversial' Movies Being Shown in Class Have D86 Parent Concerned
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