12-Year-Old Sues after Brokeback Mountain Shown in Class

The Chicago Board of Education is being sued after a 12-year-old school girl was shown the movie Brokeback Mountain in class — the film depicts a homosexual affair between two cowboys and contains graphic scenes of homosexual sex.

The lawsuit was brought against the board by Jessica Turner and her grandparents, Kenneth and LaVerne Richardson, claiming the child suffered psychological distress after viewing the R-rated movie in her class at Ashburn Community Elementary School last year. The film received the rating for language, nudity and drug use show in the content. The lawsuit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, alleges the video was shown in class without permission from the students' parents and guardians.

A substitute teacher, identified only as Ms. Buford, was reportedly the one responsible for showing the film. "What happens in Ms. Buford's class stays in Ms. Buford's class," she told her students according to the lawsuit.

"It is very important to me that my children not be exposed to this," Kenneth Richardson, Turner's guardian, said. "The teacher knew she was not supposed to do this."

Turner told her grandfather she felt she was compelled to stay in her seat and view the film, the suit stated. The plaintiffs have alleged charges of negligence, false imprisonment and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

The lawsuit names Ashburn principal Jewal Diaz and Ms. Buford, as well as the Chicago board. The Richardson's are seeking about $500,000 in damages.

Richardson said he had already complained to the school over reading material being handed out to the students that contained foul language.

"This was the last straw. 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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  • Guest

    Good for them.  More people should take such action.

  • Guest

    Sweet justice.

    Go baby!  Go!

    GK – God is good!

  • Guest

    They should sue for the removal of the subsitiute, principal, and board members rather than simple monetary damages, the winning of which will serve to raise the taxes in and around Chicago to compensate for the loss.


    "The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried"

    "The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese." – GK Chesterton

  • Guest

    under the circumstances, yes,showing this film is inappropriate,

     but "contains graphic scenes of homosexual sex. " really needs a bit more definition. there was more graphic raw homosexual sex in the movie "Kinsey", and yet that wasnt condemned as Brokeback Mountain has been.

  • Guest

    As far as I've heard, "Kinsey" wasn't shown to 12-year-olds by a teacher. I'm sure the parents (and student) would have been as upset or more by a showing of "Kinsey", but the issue has not arisen.

    Also, "Brokeback Mountain", unlike "Kinsey", was nominated for Best Picture Oscar, and thus got all of the attendant hoopla of the Oscars. "Kinsey" was condemned just as strongly, but the condemnation was not as emphasized as with "Brokeback", because "Kinsey" disappeared more quickly from the public eye.

  • Guest


    It is disconcerting that the USCCB did not rate "Kinsey" as morally offensive, since it clearly is. The USCCB did rate "Brokeback" as offensive.

    And while what you posted is likely true, it does not bear on the situation at hand. This same line of argument is often brought up in arguments about ESCR, same-sex "marriage" abortion and the like.

    The fact that worse things exist does nothing to mitigate the badness of the thing being discussed.