Jerica Haynes is a third generation witch, and practices with her mother and grandmother, and has always been open at school about her beliefs. Teacher Beth Hudson asked Haynes to create a presentation explaining Wicca to be presented during Diversity Week, which has been held for several years. The first Diversity Week at Pinkerton HS was held after racial issues on campus escalated between Latino and caucasian students. At any rate, once word got out about Haynes' presentation, several parents called the school to complain that the presentation was inappropriate. Some were concerned that the presentation "would be mandatory for students whose class signed up to attend the presentation."
Haynes' mom, Kerri, said that the whole point of Diversity Week "is to expose students to a vast variety of backgrounds before they enter the world on their own... denying students access to information about one belief or culture wrongfully denies that child personal advancement."
Meanwhile, Jerica Haynes is working with school administrators so that she can still make her presentation on Wicca, but after school, sometime in the next week or so. The presentation will be reviewed by a committee before being viewed by students, who will be able to attend the event on a voluntary basis. Haynes and her mom both think this is an appropriate course of action.
It's kind of a shame that those parents are missing the whole point of "diversity," but big props to Jerica Haynes and Beth Hudson for putting it in front of people in the first place. Maybe Pinkerton should offer a Diversity Event for parents.