Canyon Schools Postpone Voting on Health Curriculum, Book Review Policy

During the Canyon Independent School District meeting on Monday, council members decided to postpone the vendor vote for its healthcare record and book removal process from classrooms and school libraries. A key reason for introducing the measure concerned newly elected board member Paul Blake and giving him time to catch up and study issues related to the measures.

During the public speaking portion of the meeting, multiple community speakers attacked the morality and character of the longtime board members, with Superintendent Dr. Darryl Flusche called by name.

Local resident Carl Kinsey spoke of an alleged incident at Canyon High School during the spring semester in which a boy allegedly went to a girl’s bathroom and was taken out of the bathroom by a teacher. He also claimed that the teacher was reprimanded for their action. He said the council didn’t do his job to protect the girls in their school district. Kinsey talked about the district’s policies responsible for incidents like this, but no specific policies were mentioned.

“I was told that the Canyon Independent School District is a public school district and that every student will be protected, but what about the girls who were in that bathroom when that boy went there?” Kinsey asked. “No, you didn’t. This district has proven they won’t protect your daughters.”

Carl Kinsey speaks to the Canyon ISD school board on Monday during its regular meeting on student safety policies.

Much of the public forum portion of the meeting covered some lectures and terminology regarding the health curriculum and how health is taught, including verbiage as a “pregnant person” rather than a “woman”. The contention of some of the community commentators was that language like this promotes an LGBTQ + ideology. The mental health programs and curriculum were attacked as an invasion and did not reflect the core values ​​of the overall Canyon community by members of the public.

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