It all started when Tammy Schulz received an invitation to a "Welcoming Schools" presentation at her local elementary school. Billed as a way to address bullying, the program was introduced by the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, which has strong ties to GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) — a national homosexual-activist group dedicated to promoting homosexuality to public school students as young as kindergarten.
At a neighborhood Bible study, she discovered that two other moms shared her concerns. To their dismay, they found that a teacher training conducted by the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance had already taken place at their elementary school and had centered entirely on homosexuality. One of the documents they discovered that disturbed them most was a list of "perceived obstacles" to the program, including "family values" and "faith systems."
"It's a political agenda being shoved into my school," Schulz said, "to normalize homosexuality. …I have the right to pass on my faith and my values to my children. …It's as if the school is trying to 'correct' a value that our family holds. What business is it of theirs to try and change my family values?"
The concerned parents took their case to the school board. The bias Schulz and other parents encountered is increasingly common as homosexual-themed "safe schools" initiatives are introduced in public schools across the country. Ultimately, school officials implemented parental notification and "opt-out" policies for classroom or library content dealing with these controversial themes.