A controversial video that offers therapy as a way for gay students to become straight has been pulled from Prince George’s County schools.
Briant Coleman, a spokesman for the school system, said the school system took the action after reviewing “Acception,” a 21-minute film that has been used by six middle school health teachers as part of the school system’s anti-bullying curriculum.
“We determined that there was not enough information about bullying prevention to justify using it as a supplemental resource for our anti-bullying program,” Coleman said in a statement.
The film follows four students as they do research for a class project on bullying and homosexuality.
During the film, the students find videos of four students who have been bullied or who are having feeling toward members of the same sex.
The film raises questions about whether people are born gay or if they choose to be gay.
In one segment, a student says his lesbian cousin married a man after she went to see a therapist.
“I’m shocked, I didn’t know people could change,” said one girl in the film. “Why haven’t I heard of this?”
Christopher Doyle, a psychotherapist who put the curriculum together, said he received approval last spring from the Prince George’s County Health Council for health teachers to air the film and teach his anti-bullying curriculum.
Doyle said “Acception” and his curriculum, which addresses bullying for being overweight and being a minority, is being taught in more than a dozen school districts in Alabama, Colorado, Maryland, New York, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Texas and Washington.
Doyle said the decision to pull the video is a “knee-jerk reaction to the activist community.”
“Prince George’s County is being bullied,” he said.
Doyle has asked to meet with Interim Superintendent Alvin Crawley to discuss the school system’s decision, he said.
The story was first reported in the Washington City Paper.