Hudson teachers looking to show R-rated films
Nov 19, 2019 1:15 pm
Jeanette Wolfberg is reporting for The Columbia Paper two Hudson High School Spanish teachers appealed to the Board of Education, November 5, for permission to show R-rated films in their classes. The teachers said the films portray locales where the Spanish is spoken and “the students get interested” in them. “You have to have a plan in place to allow students to opt-out” without adverse consequences, said board member Linda Hopkins. Superintendent Maria Suttmeier agreed. “There would have to be a way for students who opt-out to learn the material without seeing the film,” she said. Furthermore, added Hopkins, with a district's commitment to advancing the social-emotional development of its students, “we’re concerned about the emotional impact” of such films on under-college-age children. Suttmeier said permission to show the films would have to come from the board. The following day, one of the teachers, speaking with a reporter by phone, said the films “are all from Spanish-speaking countries and shown in Spanish.” She further noted there would be no problem editing out potentially objectionable scenes that are not relevant to the course work. Read the full story in The Columbia Paper.