Republican officials in many states have enacted restrictions on the extent to which young students are exposed to controversial, if not explicit, lessons regarding sexuality and gender. In deep-blue states like California, however, public schools continue to promote the LGBT agenda at every opportunity.
As June approaches, one elementary school in North Hollywood is planning an assembly meant to celebrate “LGBTQ+ Pride Month,” but more than a few parents are speaking out against the perceived effort to indoctrinate their children.
With physical flyers and in an Instagram account called “Saticoy Elementary Parents,” like-minded parents are spreading calls for a boycott of the June 2 event.
Among the presentations that the parents say are scheduled for the assembly is a video highlighting families with “two mommies” or “two daddies.”
Individuals organizing the boycott insist that they simply “don’t feel this material is appropriate to teach to the children” and want to make sure that other families in the district are aware of the situation.
“We need help!” one post stated. “We need signs! We need everyone to come!”
While certain issues expected to be addressed in the upcoming assembly might be appropriate for older students, the “outraged” parents assert that “we are being forced into talking about topics that should not burden our children for many years to come.”
In making the case for other concerned parents to keep their children out of school on the day of the assembly, the Instagram post concluded: “We are parents of elementary school children, who have the right to introduce sexually explicit topics at our discretion. Yes any topic that is related to LGBTQ is is sexually explicit. Why? Our children are innocent and have no idea what is out there. We as parents have the right to introduce these topics at our discretion.”
Parents protest Pride event at North Hollywood elementary school. Saticoy Elementary School parents "who share conservative values" and "don’t feel this material is appropriate to teach to the children" to protest outside the school at the start of the school day on June 2. pic.twitter.com/5YLkD5XxTL
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The Los Angeles Unified School District has addressed the controversy, noting that parents can opt their children out of attendance. Nevertheless, the statement signaled that this is not the only time young children will be exposed to such content.
“As part of our engagement with school communities, our schools regularly discuss the diversity of the families that we serve and the importance of inclusion,” the district added. “This remains an active discussion with our school communities, and we remain committed to continuing to engage with families about this important topic.”