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Calif. teacher benched after abortion film

Feb. 13, 2008 at 4:27 PM

MILPITAS, Calif., Feb. 13 (UPI) -- A teacher in the San Francisco area was placed on leave after showing his middle school class clips of the anti-abortion film "Silent Scream."

Parents of students at Russell Middle School in Milpitas received a letter last week stating that the film shown to Randy Yang's eighth-grade classes was inappropriate.

The district had no official comment, but the San Jose Mercury-News said Wednesday that Yang's family said the first-year teacher was on paid leave pending an investigation.

"Silent Scream" shows images of a fetus being dismembered during an abortion procedure.

"Everybody was kind of disgusted," student Xhynah Cabugao told the Mercury-News.

Yang's reasons for selecting the movie were unclear. The newspaper said his students were given a choice of seeing a film on either abortion or the water cycle and selected the abortion one.

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