Welcoming festival upcoming
ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The 11th Annual Montford Music and Arts Festival will be held on May 17 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., at Montford Ave. and Soco St.
This LGBT- and family-friendly event features music, food and arts and crafts vendors.
Juried- and non-juried artist’s will feature their work. Mediums range from jewelry, textiles, pottery, metal and wood graphics, painting, glass and mixed media.
Musical performances cross many genres, including jazz, funk, rock, reggae, bluegrass, folk, fusion, southern accents and R&B.
The event is free.
Video causes stir
BREVARD, N.C. — In late April, emails and a video were sent out by a counselor to the student body and their parents of Brevard High School (BHS) which promoted “acceptance of alternative lifestyles,” WLOS-TV reported.
The three-minute video was an Acceptance Club project that promoted No Name Calling week during its Acceptance Week.
Upon receipt, some parents were outraged saying that the “school crossed the line when the video got emailed to every student.”
Content of the video explained the differences between being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer. It shared the purpose of the Acceptance Club.
WLOS-TV added that parent Kelly Hensley said, “they’re there for their education and you know seeing things like the email and the video shouldn’t be allowed.”
The station showed the video to BHS student Aaron Jackson who said, “people look at it different ways. And a lot of parents and grandparents that are old fashioned might be getting frustrated with this.”
Complaints bombarded the school board. Superintendent Jeff McDaris shared that he had no problem with the content, but felt that the distribution of it through email was wrong and against policy where electronic resources are deemed for instructional use only.
McDaris also said that it was a teachable moment about “how tax payer supported resources should be used.”
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