Monday, April 18, 2011

Prince William County Public Schools censor 'It Gets Better'

Prince William County Public Schools censor 'It Gets Better'
April 11, 2011 - 05:00 PM
By Amanda Hess (Twitter @amandahess)

"On Prince William County Public Schools computers, students can't get to It Gets Better. Today, the ACLU of Virginia sent a strongly-worded letter [PDF] urging Prince William County Public Schools to stop censoring LGBT websites on school computers. PWCPS has outfitted its computers with a Blue Coat Systems web filtering mechanism that allows administrators to choose from dozens of categories of websites to block from student view–among them "illegal drugs," "pornography," and "LGBT." The schools currently elect to filter all gay, lesbian, and transgender-related content."

There are two things that stand out in this. First, that "Net Nanny" URL blocking programs are fairly useless (they either block far to much or hardly anything at all). Second, and more importantly, that the idea all LGBT web sites can be lumped into the category of porn is asinine. Anyone who could think that needs to brush up on the meaning of the phrase -

Hate is not a family value.

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