Parents pull children out of school after lesson on trans issues
A group of parents have pulled their children out of a school after a kindergarten lesson on trans issues caused controversy.
The Rocklin Academy in California is deemed prestigious with a long waiting list.
Despite the well-regarded status of the school, several parents have decided to take their children out.
Their decision came after a kindergarten teacher held a lesson on gender identity when a five-year-old student in the class decided to come out as transgender to her peers.
The teacher decided to read two trans children’s books, I am Jazz by Jessica Hershel and Jazz Jennings and Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall.
Karen England, the director of Capitol Resource Institute, who campaign for “traditional” family units confirmed that 11 families had pulled their children out of the school.
England said: “There are overall 11 families that have pulled their kids out of that school, a minimum of 11.
“There may be more — I just found out about another one today. A lot of parents are just finding out about this, so it’s just the beginning.”
Elizabeth Ashford, a spokesperson for the school said that seven children had officially moved away from the school.
However, Ashford insisted that it was common for children to move schools and said that it was likely not over the lesson that caused division in the school.
A number of parents hit out at the teacher’s decision to talk about gender identity and claimed that their children returned home confused and upset after the lesson.
Chelsea Mcquistan, one of the parents, told Sacramento CBS: “The kindergarteners came home very confused about whether you could pick your gender whether or not they really were a boy or a girl.”
A different parent said in the meeting: “I want her to hear from me as a parent what her gender identity means to her and her family.”
The teacher said that she did not intend to upset the students.
“What I will share over and over again is how proud I was of my students.
“It was never my intention to harm any students only to support them through difficult situations.”