‘Let kids be kids’ protest targets sex-ed curriculum

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Staying in the shade to beat the heat, a group of protesters listens to Chatham-Kent MPP Rick Nicholls offer them support as they protested the new provincial sex-ed curriculum Sept. 2.
Staying in the shade to beat the heat, a group of protesters listens to Chatham-Kent MPP Rick Nicholls offer them support as they protested the new provincial sex-ed curriculum Sept. 2.

A small group of citizens gathered Sept. 2 outside of MPP Rick Nicholls’ office to protest the provincial government’s sex education curriculum.

The group, sporting signs saying, “Let kids be kids,” weren’t protesting Nicholls in particular, as he is a member of the opposition, but the decision in general and the Wynne government in particular.

Protests took place at MPP offices elsewhere in the province as well.

“I wouldn’t want to be a Liberal MPP today,” Nicholls said. “These folks wanted to get to a number of different MPP offices around the province.

The Chatham-Kent Essex MPP, who along with Lambton-Kent-Middlesex colleague Monte McNaughton, has very publicly voiced his opposition to changes in the sex-ed curriculum, which went into effect when school started on Tuesday.

Nicholls remains opposed to how the new curriculum came to be, charging that parents were not truly consulted.

“The government talked to a few people and when they heard what they wanted to hear, they got their consulting done,” he said. “But really, there hasn’t been proper parental consultation here.”

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