The Branford Schools superintendents office today released the following statement from the Branford Board of Education regarding the recent controversy surrounding a pro-life group at the Branford high School:

"The Branford High School Students for Life (BHSSFL) club recently brought several concerns to the attention of the administration of the Branford Public Schools.  The Branford Board of Education is pleased to report that, following a constructive dialogue, the concerns brought by BHSSFL have been addressed and the issues surrounding those concerns have been resolved.  The Board applauds the Superintendent’s office, the high school administration and BHSSFL leadership for their efforts to resolve BHSSFL’s concerns in a manner consistent with the mission statement and institutional priorities of the Branford Public Schools."

While the statement is vague, sources have indicated that meetings between the school administration and group members and their advisor have gone well, and have reached a conclusion that the students, like other groups, will be able to engage in "clipboarding" to add members, and to set up a table in the hallway, but will not be allowed to use fetus models during lunch. 

The group has requested to hold a demonstration in the coming months, not unlike the demonstration held on the green by the group last year.  

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Anonymous

doesnt matter if one agrees or disagrees with the club as long as they are treated in similar fashion as other clubs, its fine.

Anonymous

Journalist Mazzacane, that is the wimpiest and worst researched piece of journalism I have ever seen. Your story tells me nothing. I have no clue what the school decided to do.

While I am pro-life I think it goes to far to preach to the students during school hours. This generation has gone too far with pushing their agenda on everyone, whether it is global warming, hating the use of oil and gasoline, their vegan lifestyle choice or abortion opinions.

When I was a student at Branford High the clubs were after school activities and they were not position stances on issues like a pro-life group. Things have changed and it's not always for the better. How about an opinion group such as "Stop Common Core" that actually has to do with their education? That one I'd applaud.

Anonymous

What about the settlement negotiations and their outcome? an update to this story to reflect recent developments might be helpful!

Steve Mazzacane Staff
Steve Mazzacane

We reported this yesterday. It is accurate.


"Sources have indicated that meetings between the school administration and group members and their advisor have gone well, and have reached a conclusion that the students, like other groups, will be able to engage in "clipboarding" to add members, and to set up a table in the hallway, but will not be allowed to use fetus models during lunch."

Anonymous

"sources have indicated that meetings between the school administration and group members and their advisor have gone well" completely omits mention of the fact reported elsewhere that the group members were represented by a big-time attorney retained by a national group, and that the referenced "meetings" only took place under threat of a lawsuit.

These were settlement negotiations that the school entered into unwillingly as a way to avoid even more national ridicule. the reporting here seems to sidestep that whole aspect of the story. maybe I'm missing something but maybe the story is incomplete? hard to tell.

Anonymous

Anon 7:43 maybe steve's sources did not have that information. the real story now is under threat of legal action, the BOE will now treat this group similar to others. if this is the case, the entire board should be eliminated and elections for the open positions held immediately

Anonymous

Since when are all things created equal when it comes to pubically funded education.. Should we now expect and grant a "Catholic Club", "Jewish Club", "Mormon Club", Muslim Club", etc... or are those excluded because of the whole Church/State thing.

I would love our district and those who send their kids to our schools to worry more about the education they are receiving vs what clubs can or cannot do. Those are ancillary to the main reason we send our kids to school. This world has become too politically correct. If this club, follows it's national affiliates and becomes overbearing on students with their way of thinking, I hope the administration has the wearwithall to tell them to stop and not be threaten with "freedom of speech". My sources (my kids) deserve an environment where they can learn freely that I do agree, but I also appreciate that there needs to be a framework in which that learning occurs.... No one group regardless of their claim can infringe upon that activity....

Whether you believe in abortion or not... i am not sure I see how public education should be tossed into the middle of allowing for every cause to have a say... what next the "Medicinal Marijuana Club"?

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