Knox County schools unblock gay-issues web sites

Educational web sites about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues will be accessible now at Knox County, Tenn., schools after a glitch blocking the sites was corrected, reports the Knoxville News Sentinel. Superintendent Jim McIntyre told Knox County school board members that the filtering software used by the district’s internet service provider, Education Networks of America, "was not in compliance with school board policy with respect to certain gay and lesbian web sites." After working with the school system, the service provider made "some technical adjustments to the filter, and it now complies" with policy, McIntyre said. All adult-oriented sites, regardless of sexual orientation, remain inaccessible to students. The ACLU sued Knox County Schools and Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools last month, charging them with unconstitutionally blocking students from accessing online information about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues. "We haven’t received notification of any sort from the school system at this point," ACLU spokeswoman Chris Hampton said of McIntyre’s comments. "We certainly hope this is true. We hope we hear from them soon."

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