The directors of Moscow School No. 962 in Otradnoye were accused of promoting non-traditional values among minors. The reason for the accusations was a lesson dedicated to the International Day of Tolerance, held in grade 5 on November 17. In the lesson, children were asked to draw pictures on the topic of tolerance. In children’s pictures with rainbow hearts, advocates of morality saw the image of the LGBT flag. On November 23, the public ombudsman for the protection of the family, Olga Baranets, appealed to the Ministry of Internal Affairs with a request to bring the school director to justice for the propaganda of sexual perversion among minors.
Thematic lesson “Let’s live together!” was dedicated to the International Day for Tolerance. This day has been celebrated in Russia since 2005, and such lessons are by no means uncommon.
In the lesson, the teacher told the children about the rules of tolerant attitude, about the need to respect the opinion of others. There was no talk about sexual minorities at all, this is confirmed by the parents of the children present at the lesson.
– The lesson took place in my daughter’s class, – says the mother of the 5th grade student Natalya. – The child said that the teacher talked about respecting other people and not quarreling. There was no talk about gays and lesbians. At the end of the lesson, the children were asked to draw any drawings on the topic of tolerance. Specifically, a rainbow, especially LGBT, no one forced children to draw, but some of the pictures were in a rainbow color. How did it occur to someone to turn this whole situation around!
Many guys drew the planet Earth and the seven-flower flower from the work of the same name. However, the attention of defenders of children’s morality was attracted by a drawing, which depicts a heart painted in the color of a rainbow with a missing blue color, like the LGBT flag. Perhaps the schoolgirl simply did not have a blue pencil … However, the drawing became the reason for accusing the school leadership of almost corrupting children.
On November 23, Ombudsman for the Protection of the Family Olga Baranets from St. Petersburg turned to the Ministry of Internal Affairs with a request to bring the school administration to administrative responsibility under Part 1 of Article 6.21 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation “Promotion of non-traditional sexual relations among minors.”
In a statement, Baranets claims that in the classroom, children were given mandatory tasks to draw LGBT symbols as a sign of tolerance and respect for gay people. Where this lady has such information is not clear.
We turned for a comment to the Moscow Department of Education, we were redirected to the director of School No. 962, Larisa Polyakova. Here’s what she said about what happened in the lesson:
“The school had a class hour dedicated to the International Day of Tolerance. During the classroom hour, 5th grade students got acquainted with the rules of communication and prepared an exhibition of creative works, in which they reflected their emotional impressions in drawings, painting them with rainbow colors. The rainbow is a symbol of the international movement for peace and there is no hidden subtext in the event, there is no information from the teacher and children’s drawings. “
However, someone clearly wants to see something different in an ordinary school event. Indeed, even in the innocent depiction of the Seven-colored Flower from the teacher’s presentation on the blackboard, Ms. Baranets sees the teacher’s demonstration of the color of the LGBT flag and an explanation of its meaning. And the inscription on children’s drawings: “You shouldn’t evaluate people, you need to appreciate them”, in her opinion, reinforced concretely the fact of the teacher’s propaganda of the values of sex minorities.
Let’s remind that Olga Baranets’ apparatus is not state-owned. The position of the public commissioner for family protection in St. Petersburg was established in 2015 at a conference of the parent, patriotic, Orthodox and veteran community of the city. According to the charter, the commissioner adheres to the views of the Russian Orthodox Church in his activities. The tasks of the human rights activist include, among other things, blocking Western technologies of destroying the family and counseling parents who have suffered from juvenile justice and sex education.