At a special meeting last night, parents in Evesham launched into emotional debate, at times screaming at each other across the cavernous gymnasium at Marlton Middle School, over a controversial video shown to third graders in their district.
The video, That's a Family! A film for kids about family diversity, depicts children describing their various nontraditional families, including those headed by grandparents, single parents, adoptive parents and same-sex couples.
It was the segment on same-sex couples that drew the most ire from parents, who lined up a dozen deep to speak at a microphone - when they weren't shouting out their comments. One woman stood at her seat and yelled, "They're 8 years old. They don't need to see homosexual people in the classroom."