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Just who monitors films shown in the school system was a recurring question at a local School Board meeting.

Several parents attended a School District 60 Board meeting on Monday to express their concerns over the types of films their children are watching in their respective schools.

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Tracy Becker said her son is in grade 12 at North Peace Secondary School and watched an R rated movie in one of his classes. Becker said that she feels if a film is rated R that parents should be notified and should have to give permission to allow their children to watch those films.

Becker said that one graphic film her son watched in class was Alive. The 1993 movie is based on a 1973 plane crash. The plane crashed in the Andes Mountains carrying numerous passengers, including the Uruguayan Rugby team. Part of the movie involves a few of the survivors eating the flesh of some of the deceased to stay alive.

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Another parent said her daughter’s grade 7 class watched a film on evolution. She says her daughter told her the film had a long nudity scene through which the teacher did not fast forward.

The District has a learning resource policy which covers print material as well as audio visual material, said Assistant Superintendant Leslie Lahaye. However, Lahaye says the policy is currently being reviewed since the District does not feel it accurately reflects current technology.

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