The students of the Nettelhorst School, 3252 N. Broadway, have put together a colorful display in honor of Pride Month. According to an e-mail from Marcia Festen, " [ e ] ach Nettelhorst student has tied a piece of fabric to the fence as a tangible sign of his or her personal intention to create a better world. ... Here, the rainbow colors of gay pride are a visible sign of our respect for the neighborhood of which we are a part and the diversity of families that we serve." On June 28, the students will be the first from a public school to take part in the local gay-pride parade.
However, the display and the plans have stirred controversy. According to an entry on RogersParkBench.Blogspot.com, "Perhaps Nettlehorst can load the kids into some buses and take them to a neighborhood where the biggest annual event does not involve drunken men flashing their bare asses from floats on a public street in a show of 'pride.'" Photo by Robin Schachtel