Elementary school faculty were caught bragging about ignoring requests from parents to refer to them by their given names and pronouns.
In late April, the virtual “Creating and Sustaining GSAs in Elementary Schools” meeting saw Katy Butler, a second-grade public school teacher at Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy in San Francisco, California, ask her fellow panelists a question concerning pronoun use when referring to their students.
The Daily Mail reported that Butler asked the panel, “What should we do if a parent requests that we refer to their child by the pronouns associated with their sex assigned at birth instead of their preferred pronouns, and that we use a legal name instead of a student’s chosen name?”
Butler, the creator of Gender Inclusive Classrooms, the group that organized the panel, subsequently opened the floor to the other three panelists, who were all staffers at public schools across the country.
One panelist, Kieran Slattery, a fifth-grade teacher in Massachusetts who co-created Gender Inclusive Classrooms with Butler, proceeded to tell the forum that he ignores instructions given to him by parents.
Slattery, who teaches at Jackson Street Elementary, said, “So, I can respond with something that I’ve done. This came up for me – it’s come up in a couple different ways – but it's come up for me where caregivers asked. I actually refer to their child’s name … using the name they asked to be referred to and their chosen pronouns, and caregivers reacted very strongly.”
Slattery continued by saying that parents “followed up with me and the principal, and said, like, ‘I know you were using a different name than my child’s given name at birth and the pronouns we gave them, and I’m respectfully asking that you use the name and the pronouns that we gave them.’”
Slattery also said, “The laws in every state are different … and I can’t speak to the laws in everyone’s particular state, but I will say – again, the resources that we’ll give you after this have some helpful sites where you can look up what the rules are for your state.”
He indicated that before he proceeded with subverting the wishes of his students’ parents, he checked with school administrators to ensure they would support him in his quest to push gender ideology unto his students.
Slattery said, “Before I responded to the caregiver, I made sure I ran it by my principal and my superintendent just to make sure that they had my back.”