Even elementary students are being forced to address the transgender issue. In liberal-leaning California, a young, first-grade girl attending a charter school, which has already been the center of controversy over transgender issues, was questioned over her use of the wrong pronoun when referring to a classmate.
According to reports, the little girl was sent to the principal’s office after she called a “transitioning” boy by his given name, the name she’d known him by the prior year. For this, the sky fell around her. She was confronted by a teacher, then sent to the principal’s office.
At Rocklin Academy Gateway, part of Rocklin Academy Charter Schools in Rocklin, California, a kindergarten teacher was given some books by her student. He told her he was transitioning. The helpful teacher decided to read the books to the class, which were related to transgender children and transitioning. To enlighten the 5 and 6-year-olds, the transgender child even did a wardrobe change, entering the classroom dressed as a girl instead of as a boy.
Parents were outraged. In an open letter and public meetings, parents told the school, the media and the teacher that they had the right to be informed about this type of material being introduced to students, many of whom reportedly came home confused, disturbed and one was even described as “shaking.”
The school responded by having the tearful teacher defend her actions in a public meeting, informed the parents that the state did not require it to notify parents when it brought up such subjects, and further informed parents that they could not opt out of such discussions.
This all went down at the end of the last school year. Last Wednesday, during the first week of this school year, the first-grade girl embarking on her second week of school apparently “mis-gendered” the same transgender classmate.
Karen England, executive director of the pro-family group Capitol Resource Institute, reported the incident to the Washington Times:
“There was a little girl who had been in class with the little boy all last year. They’re in different classes now, but she saw him on the playground yesterday and called him by his name. The little girl was told, ‘You can’t do that, his name is this name,’ and ‘You need to call him a her.’ Then she was called to the principal’s office.”
England, who has since been in contact with the girl’s parents, says they are outraged. The incident has also been terribly upsetting for the girl.
“This innocent little first grader sees a classmate, calls him by the name she knew him last year and the boy reports it to a teacher,” England told Todd Starnes, a radio host who often appears on Fox News. “The little girl gets in trouble on the playground and then gets called out of class to the principal’s office.”
One site, called I Have the Truth, reported that the girl was questioned for an hour.
England says the parents are scheduled to meet with school officials to discuss the matter, and it is still unclear whether the girl was disciplined for the “infraction.” According to England, the girl’s mother was told that any “pronoun mishap with this biological boy who now claims to be a girl – the school must investigate.”
According to Starnes:
England said the first grader was investigated by the principal to determine whether or not she had bullied the transgender child by calling him by his original name. After about an hour it was determined the little girl made an honest mistake and she was not punished or reprimanded.
But she was terribly traumatized by the incident, England said.
‘The daughter came home from school upset and crying – saying, “Mommy, I got in trouble at school today,” England told me.
Capitol Resource Institute provided Starnes with a letter written by the mother, who was rightfully concerned about how the situation was handled.
“I stressed over and over with the principal that I am all for protecting the rights of (the transgender child), but my children have rights as well,” the parent wrote. “It makes me sad that my daughter felt like she was punished for trying to be kind to the kid.”
The girl’s parents are set to work with Alliance Defending Freedom, a national religious liberty law firm that is currently investigating the incident and the classroom lesson on gender identity. But this is not a discussion that will end in the California charter school.
As reported by the Washington Times:
In Washington state, for instance, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction issued guidelines instructing schools to teach students about gender identity as early as kindergarten.
Kindergarteners and first-graders must be taught that ‘there are many ways to express gender,’ according to the guidelines, which took effect this school year.
Second-graders, meanwhile, are expected to learn that there is a ‘wide range of gender roles and expressions,’ and third-graders that ‘gender roles can vary considerably.’
Starnes believes that the events at Rocklin Academy are an example of “how schools have become indoctrination grounds for the LGBT agenda.”
He advises parents to “take a stand.”
“It may be unpleasant and it may be uncomfortable,” he writes, “But we’ve got to stand up to these activist bullies.”
On social media, Twitter users are catching wind of the story. They are expressing anger and outrage as they endeavor to spread the word.
I read today that a first grader at Rocklin Academy got sent to the principal for “misgendering”. True story from Cali.
— Carla Randall (@grammywytch) August 26, 2017
#Rocklinacademy Shame on you for reprimanding a first grader. What is wrong with u ppl. Enough is enough with transgender bullshit
— Lori Liberti (@LibertiLori) August 26, 2017
— cmdorsey #BENGHAZI (@cmdorsey) August 25, 2017
What’s happening at Rocklin Academy is an example of how schools have become indoctrination grounds for the LGBT… https://t.co/AgjXRqoJWm
— Laurie Hamilton (@vitalfinds) August 26, 2017
You may watch national media coverage of the original transition lesson below.
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