[Ed. – Kind of sounds like the students had to be talked into going that far. At first, it seems, most of them had no “eeyuw, can’t go THERE” reaction. This is more on the earmuffs-kiddies horror story of a private Christian school affirming, you know, Christian-life principles for its parents and student body. Emphasis by Rod Dreher.]
The Sheridan School, which describes itself in its mission statement as “progressive,” took to the fainting couch over the fact that its sports teams had to play a bunch of gross Evangelical kids. Here’s the letter that the right-thinking Jessica Donovan, head of school, sent to parents:
Last week, Jay Briar (Middle School Head), Calvin Snyder (Varsity Girls coach and Athletic Director), Brent Levin (Varsity Boys coach) and I met with student leaders of the two varsity basketball teams to hear their perspectives. I told them that the ultimate decision about what we do would be mine, but that I cared greatly about their perspective. There was agreement that the students were uncomfortable playing ICS, but not on what we should do. The leaders then spoke with the rest of the junior varsity and varsity basketball players. Some suggested we should not play the school at all and others suggested that we should play and make a peaceful and respectful statement. The majority said they would like to play while making some kind of statement. …
SInce the majority of students wanted to play, we were initially planning to go to ICS with the student-athletes wearing a statement of support (such as rainbow socks or warm-up jerseys). As we talked more, we understood that some students did not feel safe entering a school that bans LGBTQ parents, students or even families that support LGBTQ rights.