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The Trouble With Lesbians In Schools

The Gleaner carried a story today which alleges rampant homosexual conduct at a local corporate area all girls school. The newspaper claims that in many cases younger students are forced into performing sexual acts on or with older students. According to the school’s administration, the situation is so severe that an emergency meeting was called with parents to address the “behavioural” issues. This predator-like perception of lesbians worries me, especially in a country already grossly homophobic. Could the actions of these supposed lesbians result in further marginalisation of homosexuals in Jamaica? I think so.

 Ever since I was a child, I was always warned against accepting favours or gifts from strange men. My father’s argument was firmly rooted in the assumption that homosexual men preyed on children and if I accepted gifts from strangers, I was likely to be kidnapped and sodomized. The idea that homosexuals are sexually depraved monsters is not new. In fact, an evangelical christian group in the United States has repeatedly classified homosexuals as “depraved paedophiles intent on damaging the innocence of our children.” Whether or not this is true is besides the point, I simply want to establish that this perception exists and any suggestion that it is based in fact is dangerous to the campaign of homosexuals to be seen as normal, in so far as that is possible, members of the Jamaican society.

 Now we find ourselves confronted with what appears to be an outbreak of the lesbian girls preying on younger, perhaps innocent, students. I am being told this is nothing new, much to my surprise. What these girls are doing will only inflame and anger homophobic sentiments in Jamaica. I have similar feelings about homosexual men who aggressively display their sexual preferences in public. It is unwise to force one’s sexuality in the face of those so strongly opposed to it. As an example, here is a reader’s comment on the article : “These young girls are being introduced into this lifestyle. I am also willing to bet that these fifth formers were also taught this behaviour by OLDER lesbians who have been preying on them for years! Yet JFLAG has the nerve to say homosexuals are the victims!” Already we see the suggestion that homosexuals are not the victims of the abuse, but the perpetrators. Christian groups and other institutions against LGBT rights will use this as a weapon in their crusade against homosexuals.

 Still, make no mistake, the actions of the older students are reckless, inappropriate and irresponsible. If the school administration can identify them, I would urge swift action and expulsion and then I’d advocate for criminal charges to be laid, where it can be proven that they have molested or sexually assaulted young girls. While no one, certainly not me, would deny these alleged lesbian students their free sexual expression, it has no place in school; and let me hasten to add I do not make an exception for heterosexual students. Sexual activity in schools is unacceptable, across the sexuality spectrum. Whether you be heterosexual, homosexual or bisexual. Every child who attends school has the right to feel safe and free of harassment, let alone sexual harassment.

I find the idea that there is a recruitment of younger students abhorrent. A child must never have sexuality forced on him or her, be it heterosexuality or homosexuality. These girls should allow the younger students to properly mature and make their own choices, free from intimidation and force. In the same way we would condemn an older male student forcing himself on a young female student, we must do the same here. If these allegations are true, then we must move to protect our children, and reform those who would seek to prey on them. The older girls must find those who share their preference and not seek to force it on those who are impressionable. I admit that I am not as concerned with the fifth form students engaging in the activity, provided it is not happening at school.

Parents must also be held to account. They must ensure that they are involved in the lives of their children, and seek help for them when they exhibit antisocial or unacceptable behaviours, especially how their children use ICT, since so much sexual content is being transmitted through these mediums. Jamaica as a whole also needs to apply the same level of scrutiny to lesbian conduct as it would to gay conduct, if you will. If this happens, I am confident that these students would not be so bold and brazen as to prey on their younger schoolmates. If the allegations made in this article is true, we must move swiftly to correct what is a very serious problem, for the sake of the gay community and for the sake of our innocent children.


8 responses

  1. I agree strongly with this blog, as I condemn molestation in any form. However, I was a little peeved by the article in the Gleaner, it was not based on facts, all hearsay. It also contradicted itself, as the headlines suggested homosexual activities at the school, yet the video being circulated in the school is that of a girl performing fellatio.A close friend of mine works at the school and he shared that the meeting was not called for that purpose and most of the things said in the gleaner is erroneous.

    March 10, 2012 at 5:48 am

  2. Diedre-Ann

    I think you are on to something Ricky. If the Jamaican public held lesbians in the esteem that they held gay men then this would not be an issue. Lesbians now a days behave as though their acts are legal and behave any old way with whomever they want and nothing will come of it. Of course, I do not condone homophobia in any sense but I absolutely wish that lesbians especially the younger ones would understand that in doing things like these they are jeopardizing the work of advocates and others who are working to achieve ‘equality’ amongst all people.

    March 10, 2012 at 8:58 am

  3. Kingsley Morgan

    I strongly agree with the writer. For years we have excused the prevalence of lesbianism whilst we hit hard on the gay society. I believe in fairness and equality. If its that we as a “homophobic” society are going to scold any form of male interaction deemed homosexual, then its principled that we do the same with our females.Because we have been turning a blind eye to lebianism, it proliferated and is now at an optimal level where our youngsters are being exploited. I beckon that we forge together as the homophobic society that we declare ourselves to be and fight against futher heinous and revolting occurrences. I’m in no way advocating for the gay society; I’m advocating for fairness and equality.

    March 10, 2012 at 10:31 am

  4. Its funny there has been a sharp increase in the recording of sexual acts all across the board in the last 6 or 7 years. Im concerned abt how the boys caught doing the same are treated. The girls are definitely wrong if they are molesting and harassing other students however its an issue for both hetero and homo sexual children. This blatant demonization of lesbians is atrocious.

    March 10, 2012 at 1:28 pm

  5. jade

    For me lesbianism is not the focus of that news paper article. Its the molestation n trauma the victims are undergoing..
    And this is not because I’m a lesbian, I would feel this way wether it was gay boys or heterosexual relations…forcing one’s sexuality upon another is never acceptable..I hope the plan is to eradicate the acts being carried out rather than focusing so much on the sexual orientation..

    March 11, 2012 at 9:36 am

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  7. Teach

    This harassment has been going on for a long time. As a worker in the Ed. system, I think it’s unfair for older students hovering over the younger ones like vultures. I have spoken to many of these so called lesbians and they are adamant in recruiting the grade 7 girls in their order. My take on the matter is: Your sexual orientation is your business, be it young or old….just leave the toddlers to make their own decision. I grew up in a household of Rastas, and there was never a day when anyone pressured me or coerced me into the faith. The decision was left up to me. Therefore, I’m sanctioning that the lesbians should allow the children to make their own decision when they are of age. Please do not take your anger out on some unsuspecting youngster. Yeah, maybe you were forced into this selfish act but it gives you no right to perpetrate the same act on someone else.

    I have no problem with same sex relationships………just leave the little ones alone

    March 29, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    • I couldn’t have said it better. They should leave impressionable children out of it. Let the children develop a sense of who they are and then make a decision one way or another. Thanks for your thoughts Teach.

      March 29, 2012 at 7:34 pm

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