A first-grade girl attending a charter school in California faced disciplinary action after she misidentified a peer's "new" gender, according to a California-based pro-family group.
Karen England, executive director of the Capitol Resource Institute — a pro-family group in Sacramento — revealed the offending incident to the Washington Times on Wednesday.
“There was a little girl who had been in class with the little boy all last year,” England explained to the Times. “They’re in different classes now, but she saw him on the playground yesterday and called him by his name. The little girl was told ‘You can’t do that, his name is this name,’ and ‘You need to call him a 'her.'"
After the little girl misgendered her school mate, she reportedly was called to the principal's office for discussion.
England told the newspaper that she contacted the girl’s parents and said that they were "outraged" over the incident.
Chris Plante, who is policy director for the Family Policy Institute of Washington, defended the young girl.
"Imagine how difficult it is for that first-grader to try to understand that the person that she knew as a boy all last year is suddenly a girl,” Plante said. “And to hold her to account for that, to send her to the principal’s office because she honestly doesn’t understand what this means? It’s mind-boggling."
The school's history
The school in question is the same school that reduced kindergartners to tears after their teacher read them a book about transgenderism.
Before the end of the 2016-17 school year, the institution faced scrutiny after a kindergarten teacher read the books to her class, and then "reintroduced" one of the children as opposite gendered as an example.
“These kids who had never struggled with their gender identity before are all of a sudden scared they could be turned into a boy,” Greg Burt, director of capitol engagement with the California Family Council, told local station KTXL-TV.
Englund, who was also involved in the aforementioned incident, told the Times:
There's some question about the sequence of events because the school is refusing to answer questions. They're telling parents to ask their 5-year-olds what happened. We interviewed about one-third of the students — again, these are kindergartners — but they all agreed that he came to school dressed one way and, at some point in the day, changed, and that his name became a girl's name.