The Chicago Board of Education is being sued by a 12-year-old girl and her grandparents because a classroom viewing of Brokeback Mountain caused the girl "psychological distress." The alleged incident took place last year at Ashburn Community Elementary School, at 8300 S. Saint Louis. According to the wires a substitute teacher identified only as "Ms. Buford" closed the door to her classroom and cranked up the movie after telling her students, "What happens in Ms. Buford's class stays in Ms. Buford's class."
Cultural politics aside, this seems like an open-and-shut case. The movie is rated R — "under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian" — and according to the suit, the school principal permitted the viewing without consulting the child's guardians. The litigants are demanding more than $400,000, so I guess Ms. Buford has made her point—point four million.