***Update***: The principal of the high school has resigned in the wake of this scandal:
Dunkerton Superintendent Jim Stanton informed the Waterloo-Ceder Falls Courier about the resignation. [Principal Mike] Cooper will remain on the job until the end of the school year. Cooper has not been willing to issue any statements.
A Christian group called You Can Run But You Cannot Hide and its musical group Junkyard Prophets recently held an assembly approved by the Dunkerton Community Schools in Iowa.
They said they were going to talk about how to keep kids off of drugs and alcohol — both worthy goals — but this is what actually happened:
“They told my daughter, the girls, that they were going to have mud on their wedding dresses if they weren’t virgins,” said Jennifer Littlefield, a parent upset with the band’s performance.
Her daughter, Alivia Littlefield, 16, is a junior, and called Littlefield after the event.
“I couldn’t even understand her, she was crying so hard,” Littlefield said.
Littlefield also did not appreciate what she described as gay bashing.
“They told these kids that anyone who was gay was going to die at the age of 42,” she said. “It just blows me away that no one stopped this.”
Meanwhile, the boys were “given the group’s theocratic view of the Constitution.”So how much did that lovely presentation cost the taxpayers in the district?
(For what it’s worth, other reports cite a $1,500 amount, but none of them link to the contract.)
The band’s biggest deception? They didn’t mention in the contract that their presentation included anything about homosexuality and abortion. They also added that everything in their presentation was “factual,” an obvious lie:
“This school assembly is shocking,” said FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor. “The anti-gay and religious propaganda was offensive to students, teachers and parents. The school is entitled to a full refund, and You Can Run But You Cannot Hide cannot be allowed into any public school again.”
RH Reality Check has a lot more background about the hate group leader Bradlee Dean.
At a school board meeting last week, many parents spoke out against the group and blamed Superintendent Jim Stanton. He says he was duped by the organization… but how hard is it to at least run a Google check? Stanton apologized and added that he would make changes to the district’s assembly procedure.
That’s a good start on his part. But it’s not enough.
The band deceived the district and they owe the students in those schools $2,000.