- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 15, 2007

CHICAGO (AP) — A girl and her grandparents have sued the Chicago Board of Education, charging that a substitute teacher showed the R-rated film “Brokeback Mountain” in class.

The lawsuit says that Jessica Turner, 12, suffered psychological distress after viewing the Oscar-winning movie about homosexuality in her eighth-grade class at Ashburn Community Elementary School last year.

Jessica and her grandparents, Kenneth and LaVerne Richardson, are seeking about $500,000 in damages.

“It is very important to me that my children not be exposed to this,” said Mr. Richardson, the girl’s guardian. “The teacher knew she was not supposed to do this.”

According to the lawsuit filed last week in Cook County Circuit Court, the video was shown without permission from the students’ parents and guardians.

“This was the last straw,” said Mr. Richardson, who said he previously complained about reading material at the school that contained curse words. “I feel the lawsuit was necessary because of the warning I had already given them on the literature they were giving out to children to read.”

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