Mirror from LifesiteNew Fri Sep 22, 2017 – 9:44 am EST
Response by School District article follows.
More than 40 families pull children from school that forced transgender lesson on 5-year-olds
ROCKLIN, California, September 22, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Forty-one families have pulled 73 children from the elite Sacramento-area Rocklin Academy charter schools as the board continues to defend a kindergarten transgender lesson several parents say traumatized their 5-year-olds and that parents weren’t told about beforehand.
A mother who pulled her son from Grade 6 and daughter from Grade 3 at Rocklin Academy Gateway, where the incident took place, has kept a tally of parents who’ve done likewise.
“It was just the tipping point for most families,” the parent, who asked her name not be published, told LifeSiteNews.
Some parents pulled their kids “solely for this,” while other had “multiple reasons, but yes, this was part of everyone’s reason,” she said.
The controversy erupted after a lesson in which the boy appeared in girl’s clothes and was reintroduced to his kindergarten classmates as a girl.
Teacher Kaelin Swaney also read the pro-transgender “I am Jazz” during the lesson, which took place just before summer vacation.
A number of parents are upset because they weren’t told about the lesson that has left their children disturbed and afraid they, too, will “change” into the opposite sex.
Moreover, it’s still not clear what happened in the classroom because Swaney and the board refused to tell parents, and the board’s account differs from what a number of parents say their five-year-olds told them, the parent told LifeSiteNews.
What appear to be “inaccuracies” in the board’s accounts “make us feel betrayed as parents,” she said.
The board and administration “didn’t talk to the parents of the children in the class to get the story.”
The Rocklin Academy school board countered that it didn’t have to tell parents about lessons on gender identity because it wasn’t sex education. California law requires parental notification and allows opt out for sex education.
Moreover, the board claims not affirming the five-year-old boy’s transition to a “girl” will leave it open to lawsuits because California bans discrimination based on gender identity and expression.
On Monday, the five-member board unanimously rejected a “model parent proposal” to allow opt-out for lessons on gender identity and parental review of sensitive material before it hits the classroom.
The board did approve a policy directing teachers to try to let parents know beforehand that sensitive material would be taught, but the measure is “really weak” according to Greg Burt of the California Family Council.
Moreover, at “every board meeting, the administration seemed very adversarial to the parents,” according to the parent who spoke to LifeSiteNews.
But the August 21 meeting was the deal-breaker for her.
That’s when a number of teachers defended Swaney, she said.
“They were saying, ‘your kids will surprise you, they’re so accepting and loving, this is a great topic for kindergarteners to learn.’ … They were there to tell us parents to get out of the way,” she said.
“I did not feel safe sending my kids to school after that meeting,” the parent added.
“It’s a very tense atmosphere over there right now. It’s very like, which side are you on,” she said. “You don’t know who to trust, you don’t know who’s looking at you the wrong way.”
And with the board voting Monday to continue enforcing transgender ideology, more parents will be leaving, Burt predicted.
That’s echoed by Karen England, executive director of parents’ rights group Capitol Resource Institute, which authored the parent proposal the board rejected Monday.
“Several families are waiting until the end of the week” to pull their children out, she told LifeSiteNews in an email.
Elizabeth Ashford, a spokesperson for Rocklin Academy Family of Schools, agreed that more families will leave, “which is really a shame,” she told NBC-affiliate KCRA3 TV.
Ashford said 14 families and 23 kids have left over the controversy.
LifeSiteNews called Ashford at the public relations firm Fiona Hutton & Associates to confirm this figure, but she did not respond by deadline.
Many families might not have given the reason for their departure, suggested the parent who spoke to LifeSiteNews anonymously.
When the school emailed her to confirm her son’s leaving, it listed “moved during school year” as the reason.
The schools reportedly have a waiting list of 1,300, but a friend whose child was 110 on the list for a specific grade at the beginning of this year refused a spot the other day, she said.
“So that means they called 110 people before they called her, and they all turned the spot down,” the parent said.
The parent wanted to make it clear that those who left or are leaving Rocklin Academy Gateway are “not saying anything hateful or bigoted” regarding the transgender student.
“In fact, [many] of us have cried over this poor child because we feel for him. I don’t think he’s in a great situation.”
But the “board didn’t show any concern for the families or any respect for parents and our rights for our children,” she added.
“Many, many families are trying to figure out what to do with their kids,” she added. “Parents are saying they’ll homeschool if they have to.”
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And they say Christian home schoolers are anti-science?!
Now, in the California charter school district of Rocklin, parents will not be notified or allowed to opt-out of lessons about transgenderism.
Let that sink in: schools in this district are now teaching little boys and little girls the outright lie that gender is interchangeable. No doubt this school would scoff at the idea of teaching Biblical creation because “science”, and yet they insist on teaching something so blatantly contrary to basic biology that even a small child could tell you is wrong.
Of course, if a small child in this district uses the pronoun aligned with another child’s biological gender when everyone is pretending the other child is really a girl, they are punished. (This actually happened in this school district, by the way.)
It all started at the end of last school year when a kindergarten teacher took it upon herself to hold a “transition ceremony” for a five-year-old whose parents had apparently led to believe he was a she.
The parents of the other students were not informed that this lesson would take place, and some children were so traumatized to see the little boy emerge from the bathroom dressed like a girl, that they went home crying worried they’d turn into the opposite sex as well.
Because they are five.
Now the Rocklin Academy School board has ruled to not allow parents to opt-out of these lessons following a heated school board hearing attended by parents and agenda-driven LGBTQ activists who didn’t even have children in the school district.
The board had gathered to decide on a “model parental rights” proposal that the parents’ rights group Capitol Resource Institute had put forth. The proposal was also backed by the California Family Council, Pacific Justice Institute, and Alliance Defending Freedom.
The Rocklin Academy School board is claiming that because gender supposedly has nothing to do with sex, it would technically be “illegal” and “discriminatory if [it] notified parents ahead of time or had an opt out for issues of gender identity,” Greg Burt of the California Family Council told LifeSiteNews.
“To teach my kid that biologically this boy was born a boy and to teach him that now he’s a girl is very confusing and I feel that it’s a lie,” another parent told local Fox40 News.
The is because it is a lie to teach children that gender is separate from sex and that anyone can simply change their gender at will. It is also, however, abusive, according to pediatric experts.
But defenders of parents’ rights are not giving up despite the school board ruling.
“A lot of parents were holding out to see what the school board would do, hoping that they would respond positively,” Burt says. “Now that they haven’t … I think you’re going to have a much bigger reaction. But we’ll see.”
“We’re not giving up,” he continued. “We knew it would be a long haul, and that initially, they would reject our suggestions, but this is not the end of it.”
Hopefully, this will wake parents up everywhere to the dangers of the public school system.