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Maine School Board Member Resigns Because School System ‘Has Turned Away From God’

June 4, 2024

A school board member in northern Maine has resigned because of what she considers the local public school system’s immorality.

“In my opinion, the system has turned away from God and traditional values in ways that will negatively affect our youth in years to come. I will pray for positive change,” wrote Michelle Henderson, a member of the board of Regional School Unit 29, in a resignation letter, according to The Bangor Daily News.

School officials at the beginning of the 2023-2024 school year invited a group called Out Maine, which aims “to create more welcoming communities and affirming for Maine’s diverse queer youth in all of their intersectional identities,” to provide training for school staff, according to The Bangor Daily News.

“I felt that parents had the right to know what stood for and what, if any, influence they’d have on our schools,” Henderson said in the letter, according to the newspaper story, which was published Monday, June 3.

The school district includes the towns of Houlton, Hammond, Littleton, and Monticello. Three of the towns (Houlton, Littleton, and Monticello) border New Brunswick, a province in Canada.

Houlton, the biggest of the towns, has a population of about 5,000. It’s at the northern end of Interstate 95.


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