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Ibbetson: Topeka School District Places Deviancy on the Curriculum

By Paul A. Ibbetson

What part should schools play in the personal development of our children? Most parents naturally expect teachers and administrative staff to assist their children in learning important skills like reading, writing, and arithmetic, but we now know a child’s development goes far beyond the basics at school. Upon closer inspection, most parents  recognize that schools often teach children additional skills, such as how to interact with others, follow rules, think critically, and in many cases, develop career aspirations for what their  Mom’s and Dad’s hope will be a bright and happy future. All this instruction is positive and benefits our children. However, there is more still that students will learn.

If we pull out the microscope of reality and aim it at the classrooms of America, we will see that teachers and school staff are now modeling and teaching ethical and moral values to our children as well. Teachers model ethical values they support and then hold them up as important, as well as the social issues they talk about and those they withhold from classroom discussion. So while parents should hold the dominant role and have the right and responsibility for their children’s upbringing, when students are in school, they are greatly influenced by what happens in the classroom and all other aspects of daily school life.

With the amount of influence that teachers and school staff have on today’s children, is the school setting the proper place for exposing  kids to the modern liberal’s pro-homosexual agenda? Should sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and all their expressions be placed front and center and included within the learning scheme of anti-discrimination discussions?

Well, liberals within the Topeka, Kansas Unified School District 501 have decided that sexual practices, including those considered deviant by the overwhelming majority of Americans should be part of each Kansas student’s educational experience.  The Topeka School Board’s  6-1 vote to add sexual orientation, gender identity and its expression to its anti-discrimination policy does much more than simply make an attempt to dissuade bullying. It validates the activities. Their policy change makes a public statement that homosexuality and transgender activity is part of the same immutable qualities as those that define a person as being short or having black skin. I, for one, believe homosexuality and gender identity are life choices. The Judeo-Christian foundational belief system was for much of America’s history a common standard within academia.

From the lips of these Topeka School Board members, it is clear that they actually believe that introducing deviant sexual behavior to their list of actions protected by school policy is an act of compassion instead an act of academic debauchery. In the Topeka-Capital Journal District Attorney Cindy Kelly says recommendations for this policy change came from information obtained from the Board of Education that stated that bullying due to sexual orientation and gender identity are on the rise. Kelly supplies no statistics or percentages to quantify her statements of this specific “rise” in bullying. If the claims of bullying in Kansas schools based on sexual orientation and gender identity have the same credibility as the assertions already submitted in attempts to garner support for radical alterations in the anti-discrimination ordinances in Manhattan and Lawrence, Kansas, then it is likely that actual documented cases of discrimination based on the criteria are almost non-existent.

I would challenge Cindy Kelly to statically show an epidemic of homosexual and gender identity bullying that is taking place in Kansas schools. As reported in the Topeka-Capital Journal, School Board member, Peg McCarthy said, “ The bottom line is that it (the new policy) sends a message that we won’t tolerate bullying or harassment of any kind.” Her statement demonstrates a rather naïve view of reality. Bullying is wrong for any reason, and there is no possible way to list every situation that might spark a bully into action. For the School Board to select deviant sexual behavior and lift it up above the endless list of possible bully triggers makes it special and unique and part of the educational curriculum. Moreover, that choice implies that deviant sexual behavior is okay and indeed socially acceptable within this particular Kansas school district.

Chairwoman Stephanie Mott, formerly Steve Mott, of the Topeka chapter of the Kansas Equality Coalition told the Topeka-Capital Journal that, “Your lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender students are counting on you,” and “You’re telling students that they have a safe place to go to school.” I believe that the Topeka School District is instead creating an environment of moral confusion where more and more students will find themselves falling prey to deviant lifestyles Apparently, the Topeka School Board wishes to make their school district a God-free zone and a morally relativistic environment where sexually deviant behavior is promoted under the guise of protective compassion and made part of the educational process for today’s youth. Parents must now decide if this “lesson” should be taught to their children and if they are willing to accept the long-term consequences of it.


Paul A. Ibbetson is a former Chief of Police of Cherryvale, Kansas, and member of the Montgomery County Drug Task Force. Paul received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Criminal Justice at Wichita State University, and his Ph.D. in Sociology at Kansas State University. Paul is the author of several books including the 2011 release “The Good Fight: Why Conservatives Must Take Back America.” Paul is also the radio host of the Kansas Broadcasting Association’s 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 award-winning radio program, Conscience of Kansas airing on KRMR The Patriot 105.7 FM, For interviews or questions, please contact him at

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  1. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    November 28, 2011 @ 9:07 am

     “Homosexuality and transgender activity is part of the same immutable qualities as those that define a person as being short or having black skin??????”  Hogwash
    In truth Homosexuality and transgender activity is simply the social and political sexual expression of the same failed Secular Socialist ideology that like Socialism produces nothing when forced to strictly adhere to its own non-productive ideology which is forced to exist off the productive sexual activity of others in order to survive. Lke socialism, homosexuals cannot produce in their failed self-chosen non-productive sexual activity which only results in immediate gratification and no birth of children. Both homosexuality and socialism are the ideology of the immediate gratification and immediate pleasure at the expense of future productivity. Like socialism they must feed off the production (children who they cannot produce) of others and taint the productive fruit, They MUST do this or perish as they would starve and be culled out by the laws of nature on account of their non-productivity.  Any society that edifies such nonsense is doomed to failure and will be overcome by even the most insignificant society that remains sane in their productive endeavors, either economically, sexually or spiritually. These teachers are sowing the seeds of our own societal non-productive destruction and should be jailed and taken away in strait jackets to the ideological Looney bin where they belong. They can call it bullying,,,,I call it the Bully pulpit of correction of the misdirected erection.

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  2. teapartyproudComment by teapartyproud
    November 28, 2011 @ 9:08 am

    The ridiculous reigns supreme again. We have so many more things that they should be concerning themselves with, and yet this is what they deem a priority. We waste money, time, and emotion on this **** and wonder why we are broke and morally bankrupt. 

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  3. newsjunkyComment by newsjunky
    November 28, 2011 @ 11:13 am

    “Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank, a 16-term Democrat, will announce Monday he does not intend to seek re-election in 2012, according to a statement from Frank’s office.”

    All those years in office, and he leaves voluntarily!  Chances are he’d probably get voted in again because we’re living in a totally different world that unfortunately many of our citizens approve of and even welcome.  A world without sin, judgment or God with a philosophy of “you only go around once,” which is taught and embraced by many.  These are the days of Noah that was spoken of in the Bible and like it or not, the wheat and the chaff are now being divided as the NEWS of the day and the sign of the times surely indicate.   

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    • teapartyproudComment by teapartyproud
      November 28, 2011 @ 1:33 pm

      Good riddance! Now that he and his pal Chris Dodd Have helped destroy the economy ,he can ride off into the sunset, secure in the knowledge that he helped destroy America for future generations. His work here is done. I could call him a derogative name, but he’s proud of it. Disgusting!

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      November 28, 2011 @ 5:07 pm

      Those Long buried Massechusetts Pilgrims have been spinning in their graves ever since he was elected. They can finally rest in piece while their financially and morallybankrupt Liberal government rests in pieces.

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    • FreeDameComment by freedame
      November 28, 2011 @ 5:39 pm

      Interesting comment, but has nothing to do with Mr. Ibbetson’s article.

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  4. MarcusComment by Marcus
    November 28, 2011 @ 2:44 pm

    Mr. Ibbetson says: “I, for one, believe homosexuality and gender identity are life choices.”  Well, so is religion and marital status and a lot of other things.  And we have laws protecting people from discrimination based on those life choices. 

    We know from numerous previous columns that Mr. Ibbetson hates gay people and denies the existence of sexual orientation, but it would be interesting to learn what it is about homosexuality that he thinks is so attractive, rewarding, exciting, and fun that he thinks millions of people voluntarily adopt it as a “chosen lifestyle.”  I can’t imagine why anyone would make such a choice, given that they would have to put up with the vicious slurs of Mr. Ibbetson and his ilk. 

    Mr. Ibbetson enjoys smearing people different from himself as “deviants” and bullying them verbally.  His words, and those of others like him, and the actions they inspire are the very reason the school boards in Topeka and every other community are having to deal with these issues.  It’s pretty scary to think that such a person was a law enforcement official. 

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    • FreeDameComment by freedame
      November 28, 2011 @ 5:31 pm

      Marcus, did you count how many times you contradicted yourself in your comments?  It appears your multiple personalities are confused on this one.

      Be that as it may, you are quite correct that we have laws protecting people from discrimination based on certain life choices and, unfortunately, sexual orientation (which should be generally UNKNOWN to anyone other than a person’s sexual partner) is one of them.  However, protection from discrimination is a far cry from actually teaching young children that unnatural sexual activity (“unnatural” as in “not found in nature”) is just as normal and valid as natural sexual activity.  You yourself seem to recognize that the homosexual and/or transgender lifestyle is NOT one a caring parent or teacher would want for a child, yet the School Board in Topeka seem determined to make sure that every student gets his fair chance to take up that dark road.
      When I was a child, a “bully” was disciplined based on his actions, not based on his claimed “reason” for his actions.  A child who bullies another based on the other’s weight, hair color or proficiency at sports should be disciplined just as severly as one who bullies based on sexual proclivity.  All this emphesis on sexual orientation is a thinly-disguised push of the homosexual agenda on the part of Liberal educators, and has NOTHING to do with bullying.

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    • MarcusComment by Marcus
      November 29, 2011 @ 2:06 am

      Freedame, thanks for your reply.  Yes, I counted how many times I contradicted myself, and the total was zero.  I have no idea what you are talking about.

      I was amused by your comment that one’s sexual orientation should be “UNKNOWN” to everyone else.  I’m sure you don’t really mean that.  You don’t think that opposite-sex couples should hide their heterosexual orientation, do you?  You just mean that homosexual people should hide who they are, so as not to annoy you.  It’s a common misstatement by anti-gay commenters here, who think that ”sexual orientation” refers only to non-heterosexuals, which is ridiculous.  Everyone has a sexual orientation.

      You are concerned that children are being taught about “unnatural sexual activity” which is “not found in nature.”  Last I checked, gay people are part of nature, but perhaps you have evidence that they are space aliens.  And, while I would readily admit to being no expert on the subject, the “activities” that gay people commonly engage in are also engaged in by heterosexual people in far greater numbers.  That being said, I see no need for children to be taught anything more than to be respectful to those who may be different from themselves.  That’s just common decency in a civilized society. 

      It really doesn’t matter what any parent or teacher would “choose” for a child, because each child will discover his or her own sexual orientation with maturity.   It would be understandable that any parent would be concerned about the difficulties that a gay child might have to deal with, when they read the kind of intolerant comments posted by vicious people like Mr. Ibbetson, who would label their child a “deviant.”

      As for bullying, whatever was the norm when you and I were in school is irrelevant today, with Facebook and Twitter and text messages dominating the lives of school-age children.  All kids want to be in the “in” group, and they often show the worst side of their immaturity by picking on vulnerable classmates just to enhance their own self-esteem.

      Kids that exhibit any form of behavior that someone might associate with being gay are easy targets for bullying.  It’s more about being different than being gay.  Many of these victimized kids aren’t even old enough to have what you call “sexual proclivity.”  Anyone who thinks that children being forced to drop out of school or even committing suicide is something to just laugh off is truly deranged.  To describe concern for the well-being of at-risk school children as “a thinly-disguised push of the homosexual agenda on the part of Liberal educators” shows a woeful lack of knowledge about what is happening in our schools today.

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  5. pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
    November 28, 2011 @ 3:03 pm

    No wonder our kids perform so poorly on standardized tests. I bet there aren’t a lot of sex questions on those tests.

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  6. blemeComment by bleme
    November 28, 2011 @ 4:54 pm

    I was bullied for being a geek, but I bet Topeka School Board will never single out the geeks….

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