School claims it let transgender activist read to kindergarteners with parents' permission. Parents say they weren’t given the choice.
The plot thickens
March 18, 2019
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The plot thickens
A Virginia elementary school has found itself under fire for the second time in as many months after the school hosted a transgender activist but reportedly did not get parents' permission.
In February, transgender advocate Sarah McBride visited Ashlawn Elementary School in Arlington to read kindergarten-aged children a book about transgenderism and transition.
The class — which is taught by openly gay teacher Jaim Foster — as well as the school permitted McBride to read the book, "I Am Jazz," the story of a young boy's transition into a young woman, to the children.
McBride, who is a spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign in addition to being a trans activist, told the children that boys can have "a girl brain but a boy body" and vice versa.
After parents voiced their disapproval of McBride's visit, the school insisted that parents were "notified by a letter ahead of time and were allowed to opt out if they chose."
New reports, however, allege that that such a letter was never actually sent.
According to The Federalist's Casey Chalk, "a copy of the February 22 letter provided to the Family Foundation of Virginia under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act shows absolutely no offer for parents to pull their kids out of the activity."
"Moreover," Chalk wrote, "although the letter notes that a book written by a transgender person would be read to the class, it does not explicitly say that kindergarteners will be told they may have a 'girl brain but a boy body' or a boy brain and a girl body, as the book claims."
Chalk added that the letter in question also did not reveal that the story would be read by a "cross-dressing man who calls himself 'Sarah.'"
Charlotte Clymer, press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, told WTTG-TV after McBride's visit that children should feel "included," which is why McBride visited the school to begin with.
"All children should feel included, they should feel safe and dignified in their schools and communities, and what we find is LGBTQ children are especially vulnerable to violence and discrimination, especially in school and communities," Clymer explained. "So we want classmates, teachers, parents to make sure they are good allies, to make sure they include transgender and gender-expansive children in school curriculum and school activities."
(H/T: The Daily Wire)