Just in case you'd like to contact West Linn (Oregon) High School
West Linn is down south in the comfortable burbs of Portland, Oregon. It is in Clackamas County, and just south of the rich white enclave of Lake Oswego (or, as some here mockingly call it, “Lake No-Negro”).
Clackamas County (and Washington County, where I live, just ten miles NW) are notoriously conservative (well, for Oregon, anyway – damn near communist compared to my Idaho stomping grounds). For example, in 2004 they voted 60% in favor of the anti-gay marriage amendment. That may not really be significant
, since urban Multnomah county also voted 60% in favor. Oddly, my county only went 54% in favor. And, in case you’re wondering, no county in Oregon voted against Measure 36, with ultra-liberal hippie, U of Oregon Lane County going 50%, supporting the measure by a mere 59 votes.
UPDATE: A reader e-mailed me a correction. Seems the CNN web page I took the Measure 36 results from fooled me by putting projected YES checkmarks on all the counties, since the measure passed statewide:
Both Multnomah and Benton [Oregon State University’s county] went NO on Measure 36. Who would have guessed that the Beavers are bigger hippies than the Ducks?
Well, that’s what I get for blogging before breakfast. So, in the interest of accuracy, the numbers from the Oregon Secretary of State:
Benton: Yes = 20,399; NO = 24,757
Multnomah: Yes = 144,151; NO = 213,923
And for reference, West Linn’s Clackamas County: YES = 116,484; No = 76,817
However, you can reach West Linn High School at 5464 West “A” Street, West Linn, Oregon 97068 – Phone: (503) 673-7800 Fax: (503) 657-8710.
The School District Offices can be found at 22210 SW Stafford Road, P.O. Box 35, West Linn, Oregon 97068 – Phone 503-673-7000, Fax 503-673-7001.
Dr. Roger Woehl is the Superintendent, and you can reach him by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Linn High has this wonderful non-discrimination policy: “It is the policy of the West Linn/Wilsonville Board of Education and School District that there will be no discrimination or harassment on the grounds of race, color, sex, marital status, religion, national origin, age or disability in any educational programs, activities or employment. Persons having questions about equal opportunity and nondiscrimination should contact the Personnel Director at the West Linn/Wilsonville School District, 503-673-7000.” I guess you could contact them and ask why “sexual orientation” isn’t in that list, or why they think it is OK to pick on the fags.
Well, lookee here… a page just chock full of contact e-mails & phone numbers for West Linn High, including the principal, Kim Noah (email@example.com 503-673-7806), the assistant principal Kim Carlson (CarlsonK@wlwv.k12.or.us 503-673-7810), assistant principal Tim Fields (FieldsT@wlwv.k12.or.us 503-673-7853), assistant principal Rob Holstrom (HolstroR@wlwv.k12.or.us 503-673-7807), and the teacher in question, Mrs. Jill Houck (HouckJ@wlwv.k12.or.us 503-673-7875)
Have at it!
UPDATE II, Electric Boogaloo: The Brokeback High story ran on the 5:00, 5:30, and 6:00 CBS affiliate news, KOIN News 6 (KOIN runs 90 minutes straight of local news), so it was repeated thrice. Hooray!
Brandon says the school said “it wasn’t to be considered an ‘expulsion’, it was just a transfer that he had no choice but to accept.”
After two weeks, the school has relented and on Monday let him back into school. I wonder how many angry e-mails and phone calls they received in that period of time?
The news story reported that the teacher asked him to remove the 20 second sequence where the two gay teems are talking shirtless in bed. Brandon refused, as the scene was vital to the story.
West Linn Vice Principal Tim Fields said, “…The district has policies around appropriate media to be shown in class. It doesn’t matter if it’s male/male or male/female. There are parameters around appropriateness in school…”
Uh, sure, Tim. Let’s take a look at some of the West Linn Wilsonville School District policies, shall we?
Academic freedom is essential as teachers seek to educate students in a democratic society, to foster recognition of individual freedom and responsibility, to inspire meaningful awareness of and respect for the Constitution and the Bill of rights, and to instill appreciation of each individual’s rights and values. These democratic values can best be taught in an atmosphere free from censorship or artificial restraints on free inquiry and learning.
Teachers in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District will be protected from censorship or artificial restraints which unreasonably interfere with the teacher’s obligation to present and discuss controversial issues and to help encourage students to offer their views on such issues and subjects. Such an atmosphere of freedom produces a situation conducive to the study, investigation, presentation, and interpretation of facts. A teacher should show objectivity so that all sides of an issue are presented. The teacher is responsible for exercising good judgment in the selection of issues to be discussed and should be well informed in the areas to be studied.
And how about this…
The district shall promote non-discrimination and an environment free of harassment based on an individual’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, parental or marital status or age or because of the race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, parental or marital status or age of any other persons with whom the individual associates.
I scoured the page on the school district’s policies, but I couldn’t find a single thing about the inappropriate nature of shirtless boys in a student film. I’ll shoot him an e-mail and see if he can elaborate.