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Christina Aguilera music video ruffles feathers in Waukesha County

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Merton, WI (WISN) -- Some parents in Merton are upset that teachers used Christina Aguilera's 2002 music video for "Beautiful" in class. The video includes images of homosexuality and gender identity struggles.

Language arts teachers at Merton Intermediate School showed the video in their eighth-grade classes.

"I was like kind of against watching it," student Abi Sajdowitz said. "It was also kind of weird because they never asked us. They never talked to the parents or anything."

Other students didn't see any issue with it.

"It wasn't really a big deal for me, but I know other people were uncomfortable, and I completely understand that because those are their beliefs," student Alex Stahl said.

One of the most talked about scenes involved a gay couple.

"I can understand where they're coming from, wanting to opt out, but I don't see (it as) that big of a deal," student Camden Schwartz said. "It's like five seconds of a gay couple kissing."

Superintendent Dr. Ronald Russ sent a letter to parents saying the school should have first asked parents if they wanted their children to see it.

Parent Elizabeth Schwartz is upset about the controversy and how the district handled it.

"I just don't think that their response and the reaction of the community is one of acceptance," Schwartz said. "I think it's quite the opposite."

Russ stressed to parents that the district will screen what he called "questionable instructional materials" going forward.

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