Abort video inquisition in elementary school fuels parent outrage

August 1, 2019 0 By Archana Chaudhary
Abort video inquisition in elementary school fuels parent outrage

Parents already angry over an elementary school teacher showing their 10-year-old children an anti-abortion video in class are steaming again after the principal interviewed the kids about the incident and allegedly instructed them to tell no one about the chat.

The controversy began in March at Public School 184, also known as the Shuang Wen School, after dance teacher Ju Ling Wei showed her students a graphic anti-abortion video that included teenagers voicing their interpretations of a fetus’ thoughts about developing in the womb.

During an April 8 School Leadership Team meeting, school principal Iris Chiu told parents that the Department of Education barred her from apologizing for the episode because it was afraid of being sued, a tape recording of the meeting revealed.

At the meeting, she defended Wei, saying it was not the 14-year Education Department veteran’s intention to expose her 5th graders to the hot-button issue. The creepy and disturbing video features adolescents pretending to be a baby in the womb experiencing an abortion. The theatrical climax of the video comes when the fetus is going to be terminated.

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On Monday, Chiu pulled students from class to question them about the incident, according to two parents who said their children were in that group.

“She took them out of the classroom, she called them out by name, she had them say they wouldn’t tell anyone,” said mom Liset Reyes, whose 10-year-old daughter Shiloh Lee Morales viewed the video in class. “The New York City Department of Education is supposed to be investigating this, and now she’s doing this. I don’t understand.”

Morales, one of four students singled out by Chiu for the Monday sit down, confirmed that the principal “told us not to tell anyone.”

“I don’t really want to be in this school anymore because of what happened,” said the 10-year-old. “It’s just uncomfortable.”