A California School Board has ruled that a transgender book that had caused children to come home crying, worried they were the wrong gender, CAN continue to be used in the kindergarten classroom.
“My daughter came home crying and shaking so afraid she could turn into a boy,” one parent of a kindergartener at Rocklin Academy said.
Months of controversy culminated late Monday in a unanimous board decision to keep the policies that allowed a kindergarten teacher to read the book about a transgender child in class.
The book, “I Am Jazz”, tells the story of a real-life transgender girl.
About 500 people attended the meeting Monday night. Parents wearing “Protect Parental Rights” stickers on their chest sat across the aisle from parents wearing stickers saying they support LGBT rights.
The SacBee reports:
Board members said they decided to continue allowing books about issues related to protected minority groups, including transgender people, to be read in class based on state law. The school’s administration had reviewed its policies over the last few months, gathering information from other schools, lawyers and professional organizations, according to Robin Stout, the school’s superintendent.
School staff noted that “I Am Jazz” is on the California Department of Education’s recommended literature list.
Some parents said they were angry they hadn’t been notified about the book before it was read. Others asked the school to ban certain books or begin an opt-out policy for parents who don’t want their children to hear about controversial topics.
Conservative groups such as the California Family Council, Capitol Resource Institute and Pacific Justice Institute joined with the unhappy parents and condemned the school on national television, calling the story time a “coming-out party.” Hundreds of angry calls and emails from throughout the country flooded the school’s inboxes.
A few parents said they had children in the kindergarten class who had come home from school the day the book was read, afraid they would change gender.
The controversy erupted after children came home upset and parents had not been notified about the controversial book.
“These parents feel betrayed by the school district that they were not notified,” Karen England of the Capitol Resource Institute said at a school board meeting this week, the local CBS affiliate reports. “The kindergartners came home very confused, about whether or not you can pick your gender, whether or not they really were a boy or a girl.”
“It’s really about the parents being informed and involved and giving us the choice and rights of what’s being introduced to our kids, and at what age,” said parent Chelsea McQuistan.
According to the news report, the book was given to the teacher by a gender-confused child. Parents asserted the same kindergartner “also changed clothes and was revealed as her true gender” during class.
Parents expressed betrayal that they were not notified ahead of time that the kindergarten teacher actually read TWO books about transgenderism to her students. They were reportedly given to her by the kindergartener who is in the midst of gender transition. The book was co-authored by Jazz Jennings, a teen who was born a boy but was allowed to transition to a girl.
One teacher tried to make it about banning books: “When we head in the direction of banned books or book lists, or selective literature– that should only be read inside or outside the classroom, I think that’s a very dangerous direction to go,” said seventh-grade teacher Kelly Bryson.
No, this is not a subject for kindergartners! I would not suggest a Trigonometry book in a kindergarten classroom either you moron!
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