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A school district in Washington state is under fire after leaked images online show first graders in the district were given a gender identity handout that said they could identify as a "neither" or "both" genders.
Images of the online assignment reportedly administered by Edmonds School District were uploaded to Twitter by a concerned mother last week, the National Desk reported.
In the Twitter post, the mother said, "My son's first grade assignment from yesterday," adding, "I'm so sick of this."
One alleged screenshot of the assignment shows a pronoun diagram indicating that the young children can be a boy, a girl, or "neither or both."
Here is more of the assignment, for those who think this is just about "grammer". The children were told that they can choose to be a "boy", a "girl", a "boy and girl", or "neither boy or girl" is only confusing children, and encouraging them to lie. 6 & 7 year olds! Not OK.pic.twitter.com/VIN3vD10Ue— \ud83d\ude0e (@\ud83d\ude0e) 1648254736
But in a subsequent tweet, the mother alleged the assignment went beyond grammar and pronouns to suggest to children that they can actually choose a "neither or both" gender identity.
"Here is more of the assignment, for those who think this is just about [grammar]," she continued. "The children were told that they can choose to be a 'boy,' a 'girl,' a 'boy and girl,' or 'neither boy or girl.'"
The content, she added, "is only confusing children, and encouraging them to lie. 6 & 7-year-olds! Not OK."
In an interview with conservative commentator Jason Rantz, the mother claimed that she reached out to the school district to complain about the controversial assignment but had not received a response.
"We were not given any type of prior notice that this was to be taught and had we been informed, we would have denied consent and requested our child be excused for the lesson," she reportedly wrote to the district.
She also added that the assignment included the study of a woke gender identity book, titled, "Jamie and Bubbie: A Book About People’s Pronouns (Jamie Is Jamie)."
The book reportedly tells the story of a child teaching his grandmother that you shouldn't assume someone's gender. In a tweet from 2020, the book's publisher said that the book introduces children to "the non-binary experience" and "the use of gender-neutral pronouns."
Happy #nationalpronounsday! \n\nOur recent release, Jamie & Bubbie, introduces children, through an accessible fictional narrative, to the nonbinary experience, the use of gender-neutral pronouns, and how to respectfully use personal pronouns. https://www.freespirit.com/social-and-emotional-learning-for-kids-and-teens/jamie-and-bubbie-afsaneh-moradian-maria-bogade\u00a0\u2026pic.twitter.com/HcklS6KFdu— Free Spirit Publishing (@Free Spirit Publishing) 1603314253
In response to the National Desk, the district said it "is required to teach state standards" while referring the outlet to a document from the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.
The document shows that starting in kindergarten, students enrolled in public schools in the state should be taught that "there are many ways to express gender."
"Teachers use the standards to design lessons to provide a variety of age-appropriate and grade-level learning," the district went on to tell the outlet.
Issues such as this one are part of the reason that lawmakers in Florida moved to pass the Parental Rights in Education law, inaccurately dubbed the "Don't Say Gay" bill by critics. The law prohibits instruction about sexual orientation and gender identity until the fourth grade and aims to guide age-appropriate discussion on the topic moving forward.
The bill was signed into law by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday.
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