By Shirin Rajaee

ROCKLIN (CBS13) — The Rocklin Academy school board is facing tough questions from parents concerned over a controversial incident involving transgender discussions inside a kindergarten class.

"These parents feel betrayed by the school district that they were not notified," said Karen England with the Capitol Resource Institute.

The incident happened earlier this summer during the last few days of the academic school year.

At Monday night's board meeting, the teacher at the center of the controversy spoke out. With emotions high, she addressed a packed house.

"I'm so proud of my students, it was never my intent to harm any students but to help them through a difficult situation," she said.

The teacher defended her actions to read two children's books about transgenderism including one titled "I am Jazz." She says the books were given to her by a transgender child going through a transition.

"The kindergartners came home very confused, about whether or not you can pick your gender, whether or not they really were a boy or a girl," said England.

Parents say besides the books, the transgender student at some point during class also changed clothes and was revealed as her true gender.

And many parents say they feel betrayed and blindsided.

"I want her to hear from me as a parent what her gender identity means to her and our family, not from a book that may be controversial," a parent said.

"My daughter came home crying and shaking so afraid she could turn into a boy," another parent said.

The issue was not on the agenda, so parents spoke out during public comment.

"It's really about the parents being informed and involved and giving us the choice and rights of what's being introduced to our kids, and at what age," said parent Chelsea McQuistan.

Many teachers also spoke out in support of what transpired inside the classroom. They spoke about the importance of teaching students about diversity and having healthy dialogues.

One parent said the impact on her son was extremely positive.

"It was so precious to see that he had absolutely no prejudice in his body. My child just went in there and listened to the story, and didn't relate it to anything malicious, or didn't question his own body," she said.

"When we head in the direction of banned books or book lists, or selective literature– that should only be read inside or outside the classroom, I think that's a very dangerous direction to go," said 7th grade teacher Kelly Bryson.

The district says the books were age-appropriate and fell within their literature selection policy. Unlike sex education, the topics of gender identity don't require prior parental notice.

In a statement during the board meeting, the district said: "As indicated by Superintendent Robin Stout in a communication last week, staff will be engaging parents and teachers in discussions about how materials outside our curriculum will be addressed in the future."

The large discussion has compelled the board to put the item on the next month's agenda.

Comments (61)
  1. It’s California. They deserve it.

  2. Mike Burns says:

    If a teacher did that to my kids I would beat that person to within an inch of their life and let them know why. This is just more of the fallout from the eight years of the secular progressive liberal Democratic Presidency of Obama. Worst President ever !

  3. Tom Menino says:

    Hitler and Stalin knew this. You indoctrinate them early. Next step: Tell us what Mommy and Daddy are talking about at suppertime… have they ever said anything that sounds like it is supporting the evil President? It’s ok, Jazz. You can tell us.

  4. Unfortunately, the liberal progressives haven’t learned what the appropriate age for this discussion is when the best interest of the child is the main goal. But, they have learned from history that when you want to indoctrinate a generation the younger you get them the best and more successful you will be. Clearly this is indoctrination and not the best interest of the children who at that age are not capable of having a logical, thoughtful discussion.

  5. PastorMichael says:

    Permission to speak freely, sir? I think the whole narrative of pre-pubescent “trans” children is outrageous, even psychologically abusive. It’s propped about by ideologically guided parents who are intentionally ignoring many years of scientific research and sound psychiatric medicine. Most children who struggle with gender identity and gender dysphoria in their pre-pubescent years naturally recover or return to peace concerning their biological sex during or shortly after pubescence, given normal and natural support from their parents. Kindergarteners (including my own kids) regularly ask about being dinosaurs, tigers, male, female, etc. So it would be very easy for an ideologically guided parent to twist their young minds (and bodies) to fit a preconceived agenda.
    Just this morning, our 5 year old daughter was putting bows in my 10 month old baby boy’s hair and saying, “Oh look, I have a baby sister now!” (with silly giggles of course). So we laugh along and then say, “No sugar-plum, he’s your baby brother. But you both will have lots of fun playing together.”

  6. Amazing how under the previous president, Obama, morality and common sense was thrown out the window and issues of morality skewed. The young teacher did what she thought was right, and perhaps her age and indoctrination was a factor.

  7. Nothing like encouraging a psychological disorder in your kindergarten age child. What to go mom and dad. (and teacher)

  8. Ana Perdomo says:

    I will say, with all respect, that notification to the parents is a proper way to go.

  9. Bob Smithers says:

    Another nail in the coffin of the public school system and the sickening teachers unions. Faster, faster!

  10. Allan Busch says:

    Sick a child should not be told this or taught this period. Parents the teach their children that’s it’s okay for you to be a boy or girl should have the child taken. This teacher and all like her need to be removed and never allowed to teach again. A child mind is devolving and you can’t tell me that the just want too change sex with out being taught this by parents or poor excuse of teachers like this one.

  11. Why I would not send my kid to public school. They should start calling them “pubic” schools instead as that is apparently the topic priority.

  12. Yet another reason to homeschool your children.

  13. Kliff Dunn says:

    “Kindergartners,” just how sick and irresponsible has our public school system become? Diversity is one of last vestiges of a dying nation.

  14. I’m a gay man and this is sickening. Trans activism relies on indoctrination to groom innocent kids. Bombarding them with nonsense concepts like “gender identity” will only hopelessly confuse them. All they need to know is that boys and men are male and girls and women are female. That’s it. It’s time for everyone to speak out against this insidious brand of trans ideology.

  15. David Shaw says:

    I remember when the Yes on Prop 8 people said this was coming to elementary schools and those against Prop 8 said it was a lie. If only the will of the people wasn’t overturned by unelected judges in San Francsicso…

  16. Fortunately, the parents found out about this escapade, imagine what is being taught to the students that’s kept under wraps? The teachers who spoke in support of this teacher and likened the parents concerns over transgender child abuse to “burning books” says it all about what’s going on in the public schools.

    Homeschooling is an excellent alternative to the failing public schools. And public schools ARE failing American students as evidenced by proficiency ratings and the rankings of United States compared to other industrialized countries. Less than 50% of students are proficient in math and science and the United States, when compared to other countries, ranks around 36th in math and science, behind Russia, Macao, Canada and South Korea. But, by God, let’s make sure these little kids know about Transgender sexuality in KINDERGARTEN!! Only when parents decide not to allow their children to be indoctrinated and put them first by placing them in private school, or homeschool, will the public schools be forced to confront this terrible dilemma.

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