[From a news article in which the headline reads "Controversial assembly at Iowa high school stirs outrage, protest."]
Students and teachers at an Iowa high school say they were blindsided when a traveling band slammed them with anti-gay, anti-abortion and other extremist views during what was billed as an assembly about bullying.
"They told my daughter, the girls, that they were going to have mud on their wedding dresses if they weren't virgins," Jennifer Littlefield, a mother of a Dunkerton High School junior, told the Lacrosse Tribune.
The band, Junkyard Prophet, began the assembly late last week with music, then separated the boys and girls into different groups.
That, according to the newspaper, is where everything went off the rails.
The girls were told to assume a submissive role in their household and remain "pure" until marriage, students said. The boys said they were shown images of musicians who died of drug overdoses.
Junkyard Prophet bandmembers also told them that homosexuals died at the age of 42, the students claimed.
The band told the WCF Courier they want to host another gathering to restore their tarnished reputation, but didn’t deny the students’ claims.
A colleague of the band, Jake McMillian, confirmed the group showed the high schoolers pictures of aborted fetuses and did not back off the anti-homoxuality claims.
"It's a destructive lifestyle," he argued, according to the Courier. "It's just the facts."
The band tried to rent space for the event, but no one in the small town was willing to host them. They eventually held a "community conversation" at a local church, which was protested by nearly two dozen people.
According to the Tribune, the school district is working to get back the $1,500 and $2,000 fee they paid Junkyard Prophet for the school event.
Junkyard Prophet (name of music band), NYDailyNews.com 53 Comments
[3/19/2012 2:46:16 AM]
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