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Grandinetti Calls School District Sex-ed Policy 'Borderline Criminal'

By Mike Hudson & Barbara M. Dahl

May 05, 2015

Grandinetti loves Facebook so much that even when she is at council meetings she is absorbed in texting and posting messages.
Grandinetti holds a drinking and dance party to raise money for Planned Parenthood. The event is called ‘Rockin’ for Choice.’

Last week, Niagara Falls City Councilwoman Kristen Grandinetti took to Facebook to called her employer, the Niagara Falls City School District, "borderline criminal" for its handling of sex education.

Grandinetti teaches kindergarten classes at the school district.

"I am tired of my students having to pay the price for our ignorance," she wrote. "It is borderline criminal."

Exactly what price the 4-and-5-year-olds she teaches are actually paying, Grandinetti does not say. But whatever price it is, it apparently has something to do with something called comprehensive sex ed.

"It troubles me on a daily basis that our School District is so careless as to ignore the data, and continue to refuse COMPREHENSIVE SEX ED to our students" she writes. "Buffalo is getting on board and Toronto too. We can pretend our children are not engaging in risky behavior, but they are. They are also having oral and anal sex to avoid pregnancy, and spreading disease at alarming rates."

According to various websites promoting "comprehensive sex ed," previous school curriculum sexual education stressed abstinence as the only sure fire way of avoiding both pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

The so-called comprehensive approach favored by Grandinetti acknowledges abstinence but stresses today's troubled teens are probably already having sex anyway and places a greater emphasis on condom use and other birth control methods, including abortion.

In closing, the councilwoman took a parting shot at those who believe that abortion is wrong.

"Those of you who stand in judgment about Abortion rights... Agree to educate our children so they can be safe and healthy and avoid unwanted pregnancy," she wrote.

Whether or not calling official policy of her employer, the Niagara Falls City School District, "borderline criminal" in a public forum gets Grandinetti into any hot water remains to be seen, but this most recent outburst isn't the first time her use of Facebook has made the news.

Several months ago, Grandinetti posted a viral video depicting a number of pre-pubescent girls, some as young as six, repeatedly using the f-word to argue that violence against women, unequal pay and the objectification of the female body are all far more offensive than a group of little girls using what is generally acknowledged as the most offensive word in the English language.
The little girls, all dressed as princesses, read the lines written for them by adults.

"I'm pretty f*cking powerful," one girl said. "And ready for success."

"So what is more offensive? A little girl saying f*ck, or the f*cking unequal and sexist way society treats its girls and women?" another child asks.

Some argued that forcing little girls to talk dirty in front of a camera for money was, in itself, a form of child abuse, and that Grandinetti was exploiting the children herself by promoting the video on her Facebook page.

Sources tell us that the Niagara Falls School Board admonished her for posting the video and told her to remove the video from her Facebook page.

Yet on Friday, May 1, at 11:06 am, Grandinetti returned to her theme of little girls swearing and, taking time out from her duties at school, as she apparently often does to unveil her Facebook concepts, posted a drawing of a little girl about six years old, with the caption, "Mommy, when I grow up, I want to help smash the white racist, homophobic, patriarchal, bullshit paradigm too."

Prior to her posting of a video of little girls using the F-word, Grandinetti used Facebook to announce her resignation from the Roman Catholic Church she'd been raised in, opting for membership in a Buffalo Episcopalian congregation whose female pastor lives openly as a lesbian. She made her revelation on Nov. 10, 2013, about a week after she ran for re-election.

Clearly, she knew she was going to switch religions prior to Election Day, but chose to conceal the fact from her largely Catholic and somewhat conservative constituency.

She cited the Catholic Church's policies toward gay, lesbian and transgendered individuals, and toward women in general, as her reasons for leaving the church, though at no time did she explain why she waited until after the election to announce her life changing decision.

For those keeping score at home, this is the same Councilwoman Kristen Grandinetti who, in 2012, accepted $6,182 in city money she was not entitled to, an opt-out health insurance payment that gave her benefits befitting a family woman even though she is single. She said the whole thing was just a big mistake and eventually paid the whole thing back after the Niagara Falls Reporter broke the story.





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