Claiming that a substitute teacher showed the R-rated “Brokeback Mountain” in class, a 12-year-old Chicago girl’s family has filed suit claiming she suffered psychological distress from watching male cowboys (OK, shepherds) have sex with each other. The girl and her grandparents are seeking more than $400,000 in damages. That’s a lot of trauma.
The plaintiffs accuse the principal, the teacher and the Chicago Board of Education with negligence, false imprisonment and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
The girl attends Ashburn Community Elementary, a K-8 school with a primarily low-income, black enrollment. Scores are low. Maybe that’s because students spend too much time watching irrelevant movies in class.
Few schools show R-rated movies in class. It’s hard to imagine why an exception would be made for “Brokeback Mountain.” On the other hand, I think the student can learn to handle the trauma of cowboy sex without $400,000 in therapy.