A kindergarten teacher at Rocklin Academy Schools – a Sacramento-area charter school – recently held a "transition ceremony" to celebrate what she believed was the "transgenderism" of a five-year-old boy in her class who fancies himself a girl, and she did it without obtaining consent from, or even notifying, parents.
Facing legal trouble from parents rightly outraged over having their children exposed to transgenderism without their knowledge, Rocklin Academy Schools maintains that they had no obligation to inform parents, since California laws require consent only in matters of sex education. The lesson, they say, had to do with "gender identity," which the school district claims falls under "tolerance and diversity" curricula.
The students who took part in the ceremony were reportedly left "shaken and disturbed," according to LifeSiteNews, who interviewed Jonathan Keller, a representative from California Family Council, a group involved in counseling some of the children and parents involved and advising them of their rights.
Keller said parents only learned of the ceremony from their kids, which began with a lesson on transgenderism that involved two children's books – "I am Jazz" and "The Red Crayon" – that were both about the subject.
The book "I am Jazz" tells the story of Jazz, who “from the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girl’s brain in a boy’s body.”
Then the "ceremony" happened and it got creepy. Really creepy. LifeSiteNews described it as thus:
After the teacher introduced the five-year-old student to the class as a boy, he then went into the bathroom and emerged dressed as a girl.
The teacher then reintroduced 'her' to the children, explaining 'she' was now a 'girl' who now had a girl’s name and was to be called that from now on.
Keller said kids were left “really deeply emotionally bothered and traumatized."
“There were several of the little girls that went to their parents and were crying and saying, ‘mommy or daddy, am I going to turn into a boy?’” described Keller.
A boy also reportedly began asking his mother if he can now dress as a girl for school following the ceremony.
The school's principal, Jillayne Antoon, has not apologized and told parents in a letter, sent a week after the lesson, that the books were “age appropriate” and that the school’s non-discrimination policy “protects all students, including on the basis of gender, gender identity and gender expression.”
Representatives from the school district have refused to hold a public hearing on the issue, instead claiming that, had the teacher not tried to coach her students into accepting their "transgender" classmate, that the school could be sued for discrimination, though it's not clear the boy actually identifies as transgender, or even knows what that means.