Film by Governor’s Wife Causes Uproar at Stanislaus Middle School

Parents at Creekside Middle School in Stanislaus County have voiced complaints about “disturbing” images in a film that was shown to a class of 11 and 12-year-old students.

The film about male stereotypes is called “The Mask You Live In” and was directed by filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom, who is also the First Partner of California.

The images arise when a person in the film is seen searching for pornography on the internet.

“Some of the images when slowed down were not blurred, and even when they are blurred, it is obvious what is going on,” one parent told the Modesto Bee. “It is absolutely profane and disgusting.” 

The images shown include bondage and sexual violence.

The principal has conceded the images were inappropriate for the class. PUSD Superintendent Philip Alfano agreed, calling it “troubling and definitely not appropriate for a 7th grade classroom.”

So how did it happen? This appears to have been a mix-up. The film was shown by a substitute teacher at the request of the class’s permanent teacher. That instructor has already apologized, saying they meant to show an edited version of the film instead.


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