January 29, 2010 | by Steve Charing
ACLU to Maryland school district: Unblock LGBT web sites

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland is joining with several Maryland parents and students to demand that Harford County Public Schools stop blocking Internet access to prominent LGBT sites.

In a Jan. 15 letter, the ACLU asks that the school district unblock the filtering category “LGBT” so that students and teachers can access political and educational information about such issues on school computers. The school system was given until Feb. 2 to respond.

A phone call to Harford County Public Schools seeking comment was not returned by press time.

The filter blocks access to many prominent state and national LGBT groups, including: Equality Maryland; Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays; Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network; and Human Rights Campaign.

According to the ACLU, students at Harford County Public Schools’ Bel Air High School previously requested that web sites supportive of gay rights be unblocked so students could access them for school projects and assignments, but their requests were denied. The ACLU letter asks that the district reconsider its decision and unblock the LGBT category in light of legal authority making clear the filtering is impermissible.

STEVE CHARING
Baltimore OUTLoud

1 Comment
  • Is Hartford County, Maryland a particularly conservative county? Why in the world would they block these sites? I thought Maryland was suppose to be a fairly progressive state.

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