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Objections won't stop racy play at Metro school

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A play that includes two scenes with sexual references will go on as scheduled over the objections of one grandparent who called the scenes inappropriate.

J.D. Moseley objected to the Nashville School of the Arts raising the curtain on Almost Maine, a play scheduled to open Thursday.

In one scene in the comedy, a young man creates an uncomfortable moment when he reveals his love for another young man. In a second scene, two young people race to tear their winter clothes off so they can have sex.

Moseley said although the scenes are humorous, they are not appropriate for high school.

He unsuccessfully appealed to Metro Nashville Public Schools to have the play stopped.

"I asked them to intervene with some common sense and some basic moral decency," Moseley said. "If it's inappropriate, you pull the plug on it. Teenagers are already facing more than their share of issues in the sexual arena with STDs, HIV and unplanned pregnancy."

Metro spokeswoman Meredith Libbey said the play may depict sex scenes, but that doesn't mean the school system promotes sex. She said deleting racy scenes isn't an option because it creates legal problems.

"We can't call it a particular play if that's not the play that it is. That's not within our purview to do," Libbey said.

She said the play was chosen by the teacher and students at Nashville School for the Arts.

There was a controversy in Hartford, CT, when a school system tried to censor the same play. The ACLU opposed the censorship and it went on as written.

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