To three students, two of whom
were dressed as pregnant nuns and one who was dressed as a lecherous
priest, a panel of teachers awarded the prize for best comical costume
as part of the high school's annual Halloween festivities.
For three teachers’
involvement in the incident of bigotry, the Catholic Action League
for disciplinary measures to be taken in a letter to the Sharon School
December, the story first was reported by The Boston Herald.
The following day Sharon Committee Chairman Mitchell Blaustein
said that first he did not see the problem in a report in a Boston
Globe story in its south section.
He said, “Everyone I spoke to thought it was funny.
No one I personally spoke to thought it was insulting, so it
took me a while to realize the seriousness of it.”
To talk about the
incident, the Executive Director of the Catholic Action League, C.J.
Doyle, was a guest on 96.9 FM on December 11, 2001.
The incident was
characterized as “an astonishingly crude insult to the Catholic religion
which betrays a callous contempt for the belief and sensibilities
of Roman Catholics,” by Doyle.
He stated further,
“Assertions that teachers and school officials did not understand
its seriousness lack credibility.
The more likely explanation is that the incident conformed
to their own prejudices, or at least to the fashionable double standard
which prohibits attacks on some groups, but tacitly accepts them against
Catholics. Belated expressions of regret seem to have more to do with public
exposure than actual remorse.
“This episode is
one more example of the hypocrisy of the tolerance brigades. It is quite unimaginable that Sharon High School, which has a Gay/Straight
Alliance, would even permit, much less reward, conduct ridiculing
respect for diversity does not extend to the sincerely-held religious
convictions of Roman Catholics.”
Schools Ignore Bashing of Catholics,” The Massachusetts News, December
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