Gaston board member criticizes tolerance week

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GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) — A Gaston County school board member is criticizing a week encouraging tolerance between straight and gay teens.

The Gaston Gazette reported (http://bit.ly/ZaauJ9) that Chris Howell says he thinks the event sponsored by the Gay-Straight Alliance student club at Highland School of Technology will divide students and faculty.

School officials say the student group is being given the same opportunity as other clubs. School officials also say the events will not take away from instruction.

Howell is a youth pastor at Flint Groves Baptist Church who was elected to the school board in November. He says he's heard from parents and school staffers who say the events will interrupt students who should focus on their studies.

Highland's School Improvement Team last month approved the weeklong observance planned to start April 15.

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Information from: The Gaston Gazette, http://www.gastongazette.com

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