An LGBTQ flag was burned outside of the classroom of a transgender teacher at a Los Angeles area elementary school during a feud between parents and officials over a planned Pride event.
A group of parents of students at the Saticoy Elementary School have banded together and expressed their anger over an LGBTQ event where students will be exposed to a reading of a book about non-traditional marriages.
On Monday, a full-time teacher at the school said an LGBTQ flag that had been displayed in a flower pot was burned, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Police are investigating the incident, and school officials claimed it was being investigated as a "hate-motivated incident."
The transgender teacher was also reportedly removed by the Los Angeles Unified School District as a safety measure.
The school district had previously responded to parents' outrage in a statement to the Times.
“As part of our engagement with school communities, our schools regularly discuss the diversity of the families that we serve and the importance of inclusion,” read the statement from the LAUSD. “This remains an active discussion with our school communities, and we remain committed to continuing to engage with families about this important topic.”
School officials pointed out that attendance at the event is voluntary.
One parent, George Dzhabroyan, explained his opposition to the bizarre event aimed at children so young.
“We respect everyone, but some things are appropriate for children that age, and some things are not,” Dzhabroyan said. “Hopefully the message gets across and people understand that parents should be the primary contact of what their children should be exposed to and shouldn’t be exposed to.”
Another father, Jack Satamian, told KABC-TV that he was keeping his children home on the day of the pride event.
"I didn't bring them into this world for a teacher to explain to them what is gay, or what two men or two women do, some certain things should be left to the parents to decide whether they want their kids to be exposed to it or not — at least at a certain age," said Satamian.
KCAL-TV reported that a larger flag had replaced the burnt flag outside of the classroom.
Here's a local news report about the incident:
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