‘Laramie Project’ won’t be shown at Ottumwa High

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — Ottumwa High School administrators have halted plans for a student production of “The Laramie Project,” but the show will go on at a local performing arts center.

The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/15BNE2n ) that principal Mark Hanson decided to cancel the performance. Hanson says he agrees with the play’s message, but would rather see more family-friendly productions on the high school stage.

Ottumwa high school drama teacher Natalie Saunders is working with a local theater director to show the play at the Bridge View Center in October.

The play was inspired by the events that led to the 1998 murder of a 21-year-old gay man, Matthew Shepard, outside of Laramie, Wyo.

The debate has played out in schools across the country, including West Des Moines’ Valley High School in 2006.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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