Student: High School Blocks Conservative, Christian Sites

Thursday, 19 Jun 2014 03:15 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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A Connecticut high school student wants to know why his school is blocking conservative websites through a firewall, while allowing students to surf freely through liberal and non-Christian sites.

"They're trying to, in my opinion, shelter us from what's actually going on around the country and around the world by blocking these websites," Adam Lampart, a senior at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury told CBS affiliate WTIC.

"It should be the other way around. The websites should be unblocked so that students can get different viewpoints from different sides of each argument."

Lampart said he first discovered the issue when he was doing research for a classroom debate on gun control, and found the National Rifle Association's website was blocked.

"So, I went over to the other side, on sites such as Moms Demand Action or Newtown Action Alliance and I could get on these websites but not the others."

Lampart, 18, said he then decided to search political parties, and "immediately found out that the State Democrat website was unblocked but the State GOP website was blocked."

He then decided to look at sites that focus on abortion issues and religion, and discovered right-to-life sites were blocked, but not the sites for Planned Parenthood. 

He also said he discovered websites like Christianity.com and the site for the Vatican were blocked. But Islam-guide.com was wide open, said Lampart.

Lampart told WTIC that he contacted the Woodbury schools superintendent about the issue, but nothing was done to fix the problem, so he went to the district's board of education this week.

"It's not a joking matter in terms of having access to both sides of an issue," Board Chairman John Chapman told WTIC. "The Board appreciated hearing the comments from Andrew and agree that he has raised an important issue that warrants further investigation."

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