A mother who was left fuming after a teacher tricked her 12-year-old daughter into attending a trans identity class has claimed the school admitted it was held in secret on purpose.
She said the institution told her they could not let them in on the guest speaker event because they had ‘to offer a safe space for students’.
Her daughter had been invited by her art teacher Jenna Riep for an after school arts class that actually turned out to be a Genders & Sexualities Alliance event.
She told how her daughter came home and revealed a speaker told them they may be transgender if they were not comfortable in their bodies.
The horrified mother claimed they also asked kids who they were sexually attracted to and informed they could be queer while being shown a ‘Genderbread person’.
The bizarre diagram has been used in some woke schools and workplaces to claim anatomical sex is ‘male-ness’ or ‘female-ness’ – but has been criticized by some academics.
Lee also alleged the youngsters were even asked to keep details of the meeting a secret and warned their parents were not safe.
The lesson, which district officials have since defended, spurred the concerned mother to pull the child out of the public school, and enroll her into an $8,000-a-year private school.
Meanwhile authorities were said to be seeking an LGBT coordinator to oversee all grades on a salary of up to $95,000-a-year.
Erin Lee, whose daughter attended Wellington Middle School up until this year, says her daughter sent her a text message asking to go to an after-school art club her art teacher had invited her. The group was actually a Gender and Sexuality [Alliance] club
The group also saw her daughter participate in a ‘ Genderbread person activity,’ Lee said – a lesson in which organizers explicitly asked her daughter and other students in the room about their sexual identity, using a kid-friendly diagram of a gingerbread man (pictured)
The child was reportedly invited to the after-school program by her art teacher Jenna Riep (left), who told her it was an art group. Kimberly Chambers (right) told kids that if they were not fully comfortable in their body that they may transgender and that members of their family were not safe to talk to
Lee told DailyMail.com school bosses ‘seemed empathetic to our situation but confirmed that the meeting intentionally happened in secret, with parental knowledge, because the school has to offer a safe space for students’.
She told how that the incident began after her daughter sent her a text message asking to go to an after-school art club, saying art teacher Riep had invited her.
Controversial ‘Genderbread Person’ graphic that teaches children gender is decided in the brain
The ‘Genderbread Person’ is a recently surfaced education tool used by schools and companies to teach students and workers that anatomy doesn’t always determine gender.
The bizarre diagram has been used in some woke schools and workplaces to claim anatomical sex is ‘male-ness’ or ‘female-ness’ – but has been criticized by some academics.
The model breaks down the concepts of gender into three aspects: sex, gender identity, gender expression.
Sexual orientation is also measured in the strange graphic, due to its supposed connection to gender identity and expression.
The diagram is used to determine what sex a student or worker is sexually attracted to – with many schools using it to inform children that they could be gay.
Critics have branded the learning material – which was distributed by the Biden administration to his state’s department of education earlier this year – as ‘unscientific nonsense.’
Last month, GOP Pennsylvania state Rep. Aaron Bernstine sent a letter last week to his state’s Secretary of Education questioning the material, which he said had been ‘distributed’ by the US DOE to the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), ‘and is an option to be used in curriculum for students in the 6-7 age range.’
‘There is no reason to be having these conversations with such young children, and it is unacceptable,’ Bernstine stated in a press release. ‘The classroom is not the place to push this ideology onto them.’
Whether the diagram is included in a US public school’s curriculum content, is determined by each individual school district or charter school.
She and her husband, Jonathan, then gave their permission for the child to attend – however, upon picking up the schoolgirl from the supposed art club, the pair quickly realized something was wrong.
She continued: ‘We were completely caught off guard and ill-equipped to help our daughter make sense of what had happened to her.
‘We feel so fortunate that she broke the rule and told us what happened.
‘We fear how far her teacher, this external influencer and her peers also influenced by these adults would push her down the path of adopting the transgender label.
‘Our first action was to immediately contact the woman who had given her personal information to our child.
‘Her response was delusional and seemed to double-down on everything she had done and her need to target younger and younger children.’
The lesson was led by LGBTQ activist Kimberly Chambers, emails obtained by the Parents Defending Education advocacy group show. Chambers – the head of LGBTQ advocacy group SPLASH Youth of Northern Colorado – spoke as a school board-approved guest.
‘She explained to my daughter that if she is not 100% comfortable in her female body, then she’s transgender,’ Lee explained, revealing that the outside speaker then told the middle-school-aged children that they were not safe around their parents.
‘She then told the kids that parents aren’t safe, and that it’s OK to lie to them about where they are in order to attend this meeting,’ the mom, who has since enrolled her daughter in a private Christian school but still has a son at the public school, told Fox News.
Lee said the speaker – who delivered the lesson to the group on May 4 of last year – then gave the students her personal contact information and encouraged them to contact her on social media platforms such as Discord and What’sApp.
‘She doubled down that parents aren’t safe [and] that heterosexuality and monogamy are not normal,’ Lee further revealed.
After confronting school staffers and guest speaker Chambers about the lesson, The Poudre School District confirmed the existence of the club, and asserted that conversations in its GSA groups ‘may be confidential’ given the’ sensitive’ nature of the meetings’ discussions.
‘In PSD, we promise to create and uphold equitable, inclusive, and rigorous educational opportunities, outcomes, and experiences for all students,’ the district said in a statement to DailyMail.com.
Lee (at left) said her daughter (at right) sent her and her husband Jonathan (middle) a text message asking to go to the after-school art club that her art teacher had invited her to. The pair gave their permission, but upon picking her up from the class, Lee said they knew something was wrong. She has since pulled the kid from the public school, where her second oldest son (pictured) currently still attends. The family also has an infant son
Chambers (at far left) – the head of LGBTQ advocacy group SPLASH Youth of Northern Colorado – spoke as a school board-approved guest
The incident took place at Wellington Middle School in Colorado on May 4. Poudre School District confirmed the existence of the club, and asserted that conversations in its GSA groups ‘may be confidential’ given the’ sensitive’ nature of the meetings’ discussions. Lee said she has since pulled her kid from the public school
‘As a district, we are committed to making our schools safe spaces in which all students can learn.
‘Genders and Sexualities Alliances, or GSAs, were established as safe spaces for members of the LGBTQIA+ community, allies, and any individual to come together with the goals of ensuring inclusivity, safety, and support.
‘Discussions in GSAs may be confidential given that they can sometimes be sensitive in nature (i.e. a student may be ‘out’ with specific friends but not with the community at large),’ it went on, adding that the GSA was ‘school-sponsored’ and approved by the district.
The district declined to comment on the allegations made by Lee ‘to protect the privacy of the student and their family.’
District brass further asserted that they had addressed the issue with Lee ‘on multiple occasions over the past year,’ and that her daughter is no longer enrolled in the district.
Lee said the school also confirmed the meeting is always held in secret.
Email correspondence obtained by Parents Defending Education between Chambers and art teacher Riep show the LGBTQ advocate expressing concerns over the mother’s complaints concerning the club.
The messages, sent on May 6 and May 7 following Lee’s complaints to the school and district, show Chambers asking school staff to remind the mom that ‘the room is a safe space and that she should not share the names of her friends in attendance.’
She also told a seemingly worried Riep that emails and phone conversations she had had with Lee should be recorded and thought of as ‘evidence.’
‘Hello! This is private and I will be responding with a bcc for all of you, but it’s important for you to know the response messaging that I send out,’ Chamber wrote in one email sent to Riep and Katie Delahunt, a guidance counselor at Wellington Middle.
‘You can forward my response to admin at [Wellington Middle School], they probably will receive similar messages from this parent.
‘Tread lightly because this parent has HUGE potential to coming in to understanding or rejecting their child.
‘I’ll respond with what we know to work so far- but it’s always a gamble and a kids’ access comes in to view,’ Chambers went on.
Email correspondence obtained by Parents Defending Education between Chambers and art teacher Riep show the LGBTQ advocate expressing concerns over the mother’s complaints concerning the content being presented at the club
‘If you know which parent this is, can you politely remind their student that the room is a safe space and that she should not share the names of her friends in attendance?’
She then wrote, ‘I’ll reply to the email with you all bcc’d in the next hour or so. Any conversation with this parent should have the impression in our minds as ‘evidence’, verbiage is everything. Thanks!’
The next morning, Riep responded: ‘Hey Kimberly, Sorry I am just responding, this has been a lot to process. The family has reached out the school a couple times this week, we are trying to get to a good place with them.
‘I really appreciate you taking the time to write thoughtful response. Thank you so much for your support and time, I’d love to get some advice sometime this summer on how I can best support students if something like this happens again.
Chambers responded shortly thereafter, assuring the art teacher not to worry over Lee’s complaints to the school and district, citing that they had ‘strong ally’ in Kristen Draper, a board member for the Poudre School District who also volunteers with SPLASH.
Chambers also cited the Equal Access Act – a guidance that says federally funded schools cannot deny students the right to conduct meetings over religious, political, or philosophical content – as a reason that ‘parents don’t have to approve which clubs and activities their children participate in.’
‘As needed,’ Chambers wrote, ‘You have a strong ally in our Board of Education, who can help your admin with responses and base them on the Equal Access Act where parents don’t have to approve which clubs and activities their children participate in (which will probably be the next attempt by this parent).
Chambers told a worried Riep that they had ‘strong ally’ in Kristen Draper, a board member for the Poudre School District who also volunteers with SPLASH
‘Kristen Draper has been briefed on this parents’ outreach and she is ready to respond if anyone needs it.
‘She is very available to you via email, even if you Admin just want advice, and has fielded all of the other middle schools as they began GSA’s and pushed through these barriers.’
The woke activist went on to assert that their handling of the situation would serve as a precedent for future conflicts of similar nature.
‘If there is additional work that I can do on my side, please let me know, how this is handled will set a precedence for other parents as they hear about it, so a strong first allyship is key.’
Chambers then asked: ‘Have you been able to check in with to make sure she is okay?’
In the next email, Riep revealed that the child had left the school, spurring Chambers to advise the staffer to perform a wellness check on the unidentified student.
She cited one ‘former extreme case,’ where she said ‘a parent had been so concerned’ about what was being taught to their child in a GSA group,’ that the child ‘wasn’t allowed to leave home without family until they decided his ‘gender identity’ was ‘nonsense.’
Chamber said the 13-year-old student was then removed from Liberty Commons Charter, also part of the Poudre School District, and sent to a boarding school.
According to Chambers, the student attempted suicide twice after being pulled from the school.
Chambers went on to assure Riep that they were not in the wrong, and touted their efforts as heroic.
‘It’s a lot of work being an ally in these situations, but it’s rewarding in the end. I have requested to join the Wellington community group right after our session but haven’t been admitted as of yet. Thanks again.’
DailyMail.com reached out to Chambers Thursday for comment regarding the GSA group and Lee’s claims, but did not immediately hear back.
Lee, meanwhile, says it’s time for families to withdraw their young students from woke public schools such as those in the Colorado school district, to properly protect their children.
She said she called the police to report the incident, who said they were unable to help due to the fact that the lesson occurred in a classroom and there was no accusation of physical touch or exposure of body parts.
Lee told New American Magazine that her daughter is now attending a private, Christian school and is ‘doing much better.’
Elementary school teachers brag about ignoring parents’ requests to refer to kids by their given names and pronouns in virtual panel
Elementary school staffers bragged about outright ignoring parents’ requests to refer to their kids by their given names and pronouns last month, during a virtual panel that saw speakers refer to parents as ‘caregivers.’
The virtual ‘Creating and Sustaining GSAs in Elementary Schools’ meeting, held over Zoom April 26, saw moderator Katy Butler, a second grade public school teacher at Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy in San Francisco, poise a question to her fellow panelists concerning pronoun use when it comes to their students.
The inquiry, sent to the group by another, unnamed educator, asked advice on how to deal with parents peeved over teachers’ pronoun use.
‘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 – who panel organizers billed as a white queer cisgender female teacher on social media – read.
Butler – the creator of Gender Inclusive Classrooms, the group that organized the panel – then gave way for the three other panelists, staffers at public schools across the country, to weigh in on the matter.
One panelist, fellow cocreator Kieran Slattery, a fifth grade teacher in Massachusetts, proceeded to provide his advice on the matter – proudly revealing instances where he ignored parents’ requests to call their child by certain pronouns.
Elementary school staffers bragged about outright ignoring parents’ requests to refer to their children by their given names and pronouns late last month, during a virtual panel in which the public school workers discussed ways to deal with parents peeved over their pronoun use
The virtual ‘Creating and Sustaining GSAs in Elementary Schools’ meeting, held over Zoom April 26, saw moderator Katy Butler (top left), a second grade public school teacher at Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy in San Francisco, poise a question to her fellow panelists concerning how to ignore parents requests to use their kids’ given names and pronouns
‘So, I can respond with something that I’ve done,’ Slattery, who teaches at Jackson Street Elementary, began.
‘This came up for me – it’s come up in a couple different ways – but it’s come up for me where caregivers asked.’
Slattery said: ‘I actually refer to their child’s name… using the name the name they asked to be referred to and their chosen pronouns, and caregivers reacted very strongly.’
The teacher then detailed how 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 – who panel organizers billed as a ‘white, queer transgender man’ – proceeded to warn the three other panelists of the legal concerns that come with rejecting parents’ requests on how they refer to their children.
‘So the laws in every state are different, obviously, 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,’ the Northampton elementary school teacher 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.’
One panelist, Kieran Slattery, a fifth grade teacher in Massachusetts who created the group presiding over the panel, proceeded to provide his advice on the matter – proudly revealing instances where he ignored parents’ requests to call their child by certain pronouns
Slattery – who panel organizers billed as a ‘white, queer transgender man’ – he rejected the request of one pair of parents – or as he called them, ‘caregivers’ – and touted the slight as a victory
The transgender teacher then revealed how he rejected the request of one pair of parents – or as he called them, ‘caregivers’ – touting the slight as a victory.
‘And then I responded – and I chose my words carefully – and I said, ‘I hear you, I hear what you’re saying,’ Slattery said, adding that, ‘I tried to really affirm what the caregiver was asking me, like in terms of, ‘I hear you saying that you’re feeling uncomfortable with me using the child’s preferred name and pronouns; I hear that you’re using different ones at home.’
He continued: ‘But here at school, the expectation is that all of my students feel comfortable and welcome in my classroom.’
The assertion saw the educator put particular emphasis on the word ‘my.’
‘So, in my classroom, I will refer to your child by whatever name and pronouns that they’ve told me they feel most comfortable with,’ Slattery then said, with his fellow panelists nodding in approval.
The teacher went on to equate conveying that concept to parents to teaching children in his classroom.
‘Just have that be it,’ he said – ‘almost like the guidelines I try to use when I’m, like, explaining hard topics to my students. Like, less is more.’
The other panelists again nodded in approval.
Slattery continued: ‘I just say, like, ‘That sounds like it works really well for you at home, and you can absolutely choose to do whatever you like at home.
‘In my classroom – and I even say, like, every year I start out my year by sending home information to caregivers that says, like, ‘Just so you know, this is an affirming class – the way that I affirm students is I call them by the names they ask to be called by and use their correct pronouns.’
The teacher then reiterated how he denied the parents’ request.
‘I just told them – maybe that’s not helpful – I just told them, ‘No,” seemingly conceding the contentious nature of his assertion.
The assertion again garnered more impassioned nods from the other panelists.
‘And because I had my principal and my superintendent’s support, there wasn’t much they can do,’ Slattery then said.
‘And they eventually, kind of like, found another topic to squawk about,’ he added, before letting out a laugh.
‘And they left that alone.’
Slattery was joined by fellow panel presider Butler (top left) – who panel organizers billed as a ‘white queer cisgender female teacher’ on social media – New York fifth grade teacher Daniel Alonso (bottom left), and Maryland school counselor Heather Eig. All agreed with Slattery’s assertions
The remaining panelists all seemed to agree with the educator’s assertion, with Butler in particular nodding affirmatively throughout her contemporary’s spiel.
Another panelist, 5th grade Spanish teacher Daniel Alonso, echoed Slattery’s sentiments, describing a similar incident between him and a set of parents at Chavez Elementary in Yonkers, New York.
‘Similarly to what Kieran said,’ said Alonso, referring to Slattery, ‘in my school district, LGBTQ+ students have a bill of rights – and the fourth one is that they have the right to be referred to by their gender pronouns and a name that fits their gender identity.
‘And so, similarly, there was a situation where a parent felt that the school was not doing what they wanted them to do, and we – I don’t even know if we were respectful about it – we were just like, ‘No, sorry. Like, our district-wide rule is that the student determines that, not you,” he said, while offering a smug smile.
Alonso – who organizers described as ‘an advocate for all, lover of puppies, and redeemer of all things Mariah’ – added: ‘Even though you are the parents.’
The final panelist, Maryland School Counselor Heather Eig, seemed in agreement with the others.
‘Ours is the same – and again, it really speaks to where you’re working, where the district is, the state laws, and really having the backing of your administration, and your superintendent, and the a district that says, ‘This is our policy’ – and I’m going to follow suit.
A clip of the exchange shared to Twitter by journalist Colin Wright Tuesday quickly went viral, garnering more than 1,000 likes and hundreds of reshares.
Observers shared their outrage over the panelists’ assertions, calling them criminal and a gross overstep of public school staffers’ authority.
The group laughed and nodded in approval during Slattery’s spiel during the April meeting
‘LAWSUITS,’ one user wrote in all capital letters. ‘This is a violation of the human and constitutional rights of parents.’
Another user responded to Slattery’s assertion that there was nothing parents could do when confronted with parents concerns over how teachers address their children.
‘They could pull their child out of your class and demand another teacher. That’s what they could do,’ the observer wrote.
A further user remarked on how it was unethical for teachers to be referring to a student by pronouns or names not known to the kids’ parents of guardians.
‘Teachers might spend around 1 or 2 hours a day, 5 days a week for 9 months with a student in a year. Parents will devote a major part of everyday to their kids for 18 years.
‘Teachers shouldn’t be keeping secrets with a child or keeping those same secrets from their parents,’ they wrote.
The panel’s strong words come shortly after parents expressed outrage toward California school district after learning that male counselors who identify as non-binary were sleeping in the same rooms as fifth-grade girls at a school-organized science camp.
In another instance in January, the parent of a 12-year-old Florida girl who tried to hang herself twice at her school after ‘months of secret meetings about her gender identity’ with school officials, slammed district staff for going behind their backs and ‘creating a double life’ for their daughter.
The parents subsequently filed a lawsuit contending staffers violated their parental rights by failing to inform them of the child’s alleged gender identity crisis.