Published On: Tue, Oct 25th, 2011

Students walk out on ‘pro-gay play’ at public school


Students at a public high school in Hartford, Connecticut, recently walked out of a controversial play that was welcomed by school officials who feel students need more exposure to homosexuality to address the issue of bullying.

The production titled Zanna, Don’t! depicts an alternate universe set in Heartsville, U.S.A. where homosexuality is the norm and heterosexuals are “outcasts” who are forced to keep their relationships hidden. According to Principal Adam Johnson, Hartford Public High School’s students were informed about a controversial scene ahead of time. But even after parents, students, and a fellow teacher expressed apprehension about it, Johnson refused to remove the scene.

Peter Wolfgang of the Family Institute of Connecticut says his group saw this coming.

“Our state Supreme Court redefined marriage in our state three years ago by judicial fiat, and we warned at the time that this would lead to attacks on religious liberty, on parental rights,” he notes. “And sometimes, even we’re shocked at how true our predictions have turned out to be.”

Wolfgang says school officials vaguely warned about a homosexual display of affection that really turned out to be two male characters kissing passionately. Some students chose not to attend the performance, while others were excused early from school. But Principal Johnson maintains that it was necessary to teach students about “the diversity of the world and respecting the rights of all people.”

“Yet hundreds of kids there who had no choice as to whether or not to be there, when … the two men kissed … there was screaming in the auditorium,” Wolfgang reports. “People were climbing over seats to get out of that auditorium.” According to, a majority of the students who left were football players and other athletes.

But in response to the incident, the legislature has been introduced to a bill that would allow parents to opt their children out of sexuality instruction in schools.