In Northern California, some 7th graders got an extra bit of instruction on the first day of school.
Denair Middle School teacher Luis Davila Alvarado gave the ready-to-learn boys and girls a gender-identity graphic.
The point? To explain his request to be called “Mx” instead of “Mr.”
How do you even pronounce that?
Here’s what he gave ’em:
Denair school stops science teacher who was handing out ‘Gender Unicorn’ graphichttps://t.co/6F2gNpyQ0E
— Deke Farrow (@DekeFarrow) August 8, 2019
The “Gender Unicorn” flyer came from Trans Student Education Resources.
It triggered some parents, which prompted a statement from Denair Unified School District Superintendent Terry Metzger to The Modesto Bee:
“He gave a handout discussing gender in first and second periods. It was not an assignment, and students were not required or asked to fill it out.”
The second-year 7th and 8th grade science teacher hadn’t asked permission from the school to distribute the info, and upon discovering it, Principal Amanda Silva asked him to stop.
According to Terry, Amanda estimated around 50 students received the handout.
However, 7th-12 graders already get taught about gender identity — as required by law. It’s part of California’s Health curriculum.
One mom wrote on social media of the distribution, “I don’t care what you identify as, that’s your decision. But NO ONE has the right to ask my child these questions that have absolutely nothing to do with what you are teaching in a classroom.”
“The teacher said that because he was transgender and the kids had lots of questions, he thought this would be beneficial to them. Which is the most bulls*** excuse I’ve ever heard.”
And there was this from a mother on Facebook:
“Let’s say the kids are confused about what to call him/her. How in hell does this … clear up any confusion about him/her?!?! What a crock of s***!”
A grandmother told local Fox40, “I’ve talked to a lot of parents and a lot of grandparents and I know a lot of them have called the school and complained about it.”
Superintended Terry assured the Bee only a handful of parents were mad.
Principal Amanda was in the classroom when it was handed out the second time. She admitted to Fox that it “was probably the wrong tool” to teach kids about gender identity, because it “looked like it needed to be filled out.”
“It was probably not appropriate, just in the way that the handout looked,” she explained.
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