No ‘R’ movies in two Colo. high schools
FALCON, Colo. ” The Falcon School District has banned all R-rated movies from high school classrooms, prompting complaints that it bars teachers from showing films like “Saving Private Ryan” and “Schindler’s List” that can make history more meaningful.
The new policy allows students to see excerpts of R-rated films in class, if their parents agree. It also requires parental permission for students to see PG-13 movies in class.
The school board approved the new policy 5-0 on Thursday. Board members said some parents objected to the previous policy, which had allowed students to be excused from classroom showings of films that their parents found objectionable.
Board member Anna Bartha said at least one parent complained that children who were excused from such films were harassed by classmates.
Mary Louge and Elaine Olsen, co-presidents of the district’s teachers union, questioned the decision.
“I don’t understand their need for extreme censor(ship),” Louge said.
Olsen said that in her 20 years of teaching, only two parents have refused to allow their children to view movies she showed.
“I think they think we’re in there showing skin flicks,” Olsen said before the vote.
The Motion Picture Association of America assigns R ratings to movies with “adult themes, adult activity, hard language, intense or persistent violence, sexually oriented nudity, drug abuse or other elements.”
PG-13 rating is meant to alert parents that they should determine whether a film is suitable for children under age 13.
“Saving Private Ryan” and “Schindler’s List,” both set in World War II, are sometimes shown in history classes. Both received R ratings for violence and language.
The Falcon district, 50 miles south of Denver, had 11,000 students in the 2006-07 year. It has 14 schools, including two high schools.