Chris Kluwe too profane for River Falls' schools, but suitable for the public library

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One month after his scheduled talks in River Falls schools were canceled, Kluwe will speak at the library.
In mid-October, Chris Kluwe was scheduled to speak at middle and high schools in River Falls. But after some parents expressed concern that the outspoken Vikings punter might use "inappropriate language," his appearance was canceled.

SEE ALSO: Chris Kluwe says politician is "literally an asshole" for anti-gay marriage stance

Today, the Coalition for a Compassionate Community announced that Salon's Sexiest Man of 2012 will speak in River Falls on November 20, but not at schools. Instead, he's scheduled to give a talk at the River Falls Public Library.

In a report published today, the River Falls Journal provides some background as to why some parents didn't want Kluwe speaking in schools:
A letter to the editor in the Oct. 25 edition of the River Falls Journal opines that parents protested about potential 'inappropriate language," causing the talk's cancellation.

[CCC member Don] Richards calls the cancellation "predictable" but says he doesn't think Kluwe would have talked to the kids like colleagues in a locker room. He thinks it was a minister who first objected to [Kluwe's infamous "cockmonster" letter]

School District Superintendent Tom Westerhaus says "challenges" came pretty quickly from administrators who looked up and read the letter, as well as parents. Other callers said the district should absolutely let Kluwe talk...

The superintendent says it was purely the words used it contained that prompted the decision: "Not at school."

Westerhaus said RFSD could not risk someone using that strong of language with kids at the middle and high school.

"The issue was not about gay marriage at all," said Westerhaus, "The issue was the language he used in a letter to the senator." [The target of Kluwe's letter, Emmett C. Burns Jr., is actually a Maryland Delegate, not a senator.]

The superintendent said RFSD could not risk someone using that strong of language with kids at the middle and high schools. While many supported and encouraged this position, Westerhaus said the decision was his responsibility.

So anybody who has used profanity in a published work is too risky? River Falls School District administrators must have a difficult time finding decent speakers.


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4 comments
Scribble83
Scribble83

Oh please. Don't try to make this look like the school administrators are over reacting. I agree with Kluwe's stance, but his claim to fame is that letter and it is full of language that's inappropriate for kids. Yeah, he probably wouldn't say anything so profane in front of the kids, but if the parents are concerned the admins made the right decision. If they went ahead with the appearance they'd be the ones answering to angry parents.

keny1
keny1

 @Scribble83 Yes, and we all know that middle and high-school students NEVER use or hear profanity.  

marevitals
marevitals

 @keny1  @Scribble83 I'm so relieved Mr. Kluwe's appearance was canceled, his pheromones alone convert kids into tree hugging gender bending cockmonsters. 

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