A teacher has told a classroom of kids homosexuality is a disease that can be cured with ‘self-respect’.
Armando Baldissin is a 60-year-old math professor at Catholic school La Traccia in Bergamo, a city northeast of Milan, Italy.
The teacher is facing criticism for teaching boys, aged 13 and 14, about the ‘evils’ of being gay.
Teacher tells classroom of boys homosexuality is a disease
Last week, Baldissin unveiled his lesson for the eighth grade students on homosexuality.
In a section titled ‘Immature and Unfinished Sexuality’, he described homosexuality as an illness.
‘An erotic drive aimed at people of their sex own sex is considered a disease if it involves suffering,’ he explained.
Baldissin went on to claim that homosexuality is a ‘contradiction between the attraction that one feels and the one the body naturally has’.
He then added: ‘Homosexuality could be caused by the perception of inadequacy of one self with respect to one’s own sexual identity.’
And then, finally the most damaging and inaccurate piece of advice.
‘By being helped by a good psychologist,’ he also said. ‘It is possible to make the homosexual drive silent.’
Homosexuality is not a disease
The school has not responded to requests for clarification or comment.
However, students at the school have now said the program has appeared to have been canceled.
‘Homosexuality is not a disease,’ Marco Alati, the president of LGBTI rights group Arcigay in Bergamo, said.
‘Teaching young people that feeling discomfort means they’re ill is wrong. It can have traumatic consequences for the development of their personality.’
He also said: ‘Talking about homosexuality is very complicated, especially with young teen boys who are starting to discover themselves.
‘Education is a delicate and difficult work. It must be carried out with great care, especially if it touches on sexuality.’