“IF YOUR PARENTS DO NOT ACCEPT YOUR IDENTITY, I AM YOUR MOM NOW,” read a poster posted by a high school teacher in the Eau Claire area school district. The sign has a mother bear with several cubs around her, one with the images of a gay pride and another with the images of a transgender pride flag. This is just one more example of how radical programs undermine parental rights and put students at risk.
The disturbing poster is just one of many controversies surrounding the Northwestern Wisconsin school district. A recent training session for teachers on “equity, diversity and inclusion” included several references to preventing parents from knowing about their children.
During the training, one of the slides read, “We understand and recognize that teachers are often placed in terrible positions, caught between parents and their students. But just as we would not act as surrogates for abuse in other circumstances, we cannot let parents’ rejection of their children guide the reactions and actions of teachers and the defense of our students. Teachers were told, “remember, parents have no right to know the identity of their children. This knowledge must be earned.
They are totally wrong. Parents should be the ones who have the ultimate responsibility for their children. Anyone who disagrees with this should not be in a position of authority in a school, period.
Unfortunately, this is part of a dangerous tendency of education bureaucrats and radical activists. They show a blatant disregard for the rights of parents. As a group of school board candidates correctly noted, if identity issues about a student can be hidden from parents, can the school also withhold critical information about “food, curriculum, health care, inappropriate relationships, mental health issues, etc.” parents ? It’s wrong.
A former teacher in the Eau Claire area school district expressed concern about district policies: “My breaking point this year was when a student told a guidance counselor that she now wanted call himself a boy. There were THIRTY other staff listed on that email, and we were told not to tell the parents. Pretend nothing happened if we needed to contact home. Can you imagine being a parent and finding out that thirty teachers are calling your daughter a boy’s name, and you didn’t know that?”
The teacher explained that some of the other teachers openly mocked students they disagreed with. Her letter says, “So many teachers say they include everyone and say the right things. Last year, I was talking with a co-worker about a student who was added to one of my classes during the semester break, and the co-worker’s response was, “Ugh. I hate teaching this kid. He wears a trump mask and a trump hoodie every day. I can not support it “. I was shocked. I loved the kid. An intelligent, respectful and hardworking young man. Despising a student because of his personal beliefs…seriously! I would be lying if this was the first time I heard comments like that. It happens more than you think. So much for tolerance.
The Young America’s Foundation previously exhibited a “BLM week of action” in the Ames, Iowa school district. As part of their program, preschool and kindergarten students received coloring pages with transgender characters. They were encouraged to decide whether they wanted to be a boy or a girl or something else. This is how they begin the indoctrination.
As we saw in Loudoun County last year, however, the implications of these radical programs are more than just indoctrination. Scott Smith’s daughter was attacked at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn, Virginia in May 2021.
A month later, Mr. Smith attended a Loudoun County School Board meeting. They were told that gender neutral bathrooms were not a problem. It was clear that the school board and administrators were more concerned with continuing their transgender agenda than protecting student safety. Knowing the truth, Mr. Smith was outraged. When he voiced his concerns, he was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Despite Mr Smith’s impassioned pleas, the student was moved to another school, where he dragged another girl into an empty classroom and assaulted her. After the second assault, students at several public schools in Loudoun County staged walkouts to demand protection for students from sexual assault.
In January, the student who raped Mr Smith’s daughter was sentenced to a closed residential program and ordered to register as a sex offender. He did not contest two counts of forced buggery. His mother told a news outlet that he did not identify as a girl but put on a dress to sneak into the girl’s bathroom.
No parent should have to go through what Mr. Smith and his wife went through. No student should be a victim because of someone else’s agenda. Parents need to get back to their schools, before it’s too late.
- Scott Walker is the president of Young America’s Foundation and served as Wisconsin’s 45th governor from 2011 to 2019.