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Parents Outraged after Teacher Reads Transgender Book to 1st-Graders

School district official defends move: 'Diverse books are consistent with our values'

 on 12th May 2021 @ 1.00pm
the superintendent defended reading a transgender book to 1st graders © press
The superintendent defended reading a transgender book to 1st-graders

Parents have voiced outrage after it emerged that a teacher has been reading a transgender book to their first grade children.

Greg Baker, the superintendent of the Bellingham School District in the state of Washington, responded to parents’ reactions by defending the actions.

Baker claims his district’s practice of “reading diverse books and learning about all kinds of lives” is “consistent with our values in our strategic plan, The Bellingham Promise.”

In his response message, Baker did not appear to address parents’ concerns that their outrage was ignored.

Instead, he complained about the national attention that has been drawn to the parents' alarm about the teacher reading the "I Am Jazz" book to their kids.

Baker claims the parents' criticisms are “prompting hate speech and harassment based on our values as a district and our commitment to equitable, diverse and inclusive education.”

superintendent greg baker defended the move  claiming  diverse books are consistent with our values © press
Superintendent Greg Baker defended the move, claiming 'diverse books are consistent with our values'

“We continue to diversify our library collections so that all families and children’s identities and experiences are reflected,” Baker (pictured) wrote, adding:

“I Am Jazz” is part of our library book collection in our elementary schools and has been in our libraries for several years.

The message of “I Am Jazz” is a child reflecting on their own gender identity and that all people are unique and wonderful.

Gender identity and expression are found in the Washington State Health and Physical Education standards.

As Breitbart reported, Young America’s Foundation (YAF) broke the story that a Bellingham first-grade teacher read I Am Jazz to her young students.

When parents expressed their alarm to school board members, the officials reportedly refused to take action, including the president of the school board, Jennifer Mason, who also owns and operates WinkWink, a local sex toy boutique that self-describes as for “All-Ages” and “identity-inclusive.”

In June 2020, Klipsun Magazine, a student publication at Western Washington University, interviewed Mason among other business owners affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the report:

WinkWink owner Jenn Mason used to live a life consumed by working at her downtown shop.

Upon walking into the store, customers were greeted by a display of lingerie, sex toys and books showcasing a variety of sex positions.

The back of the store was lined with dildos, cock rings, vibrators and more.

Now, the glass door of WinkWink remains closed until further notice, and Jenn has been forced to move her business online.

The news report noted that Mason was working from home fulfilling orders and preparing to deliver them while caring for her disabled six-year-old daughter.

“Sex toy family delivery is sort of an odd family thing to do, but it gets us out of the house and the chance to talk,” Mason said.

school board president jennifer mason also runs a sex toy shop  for all ages © press
School board president Jennifer Mason also runs a sex toy shop 'for all ages'

The superintendent wrote, “regarding treatment of the adults who work with us”:

Our staff are the backbone of our education system, and we stand with all who are engaging in this key work regarding equity, diversity and inclusion.

Our zero tolerance policy regarding harassment, intimidation and bullying for our students applies to the treatment of any in our organization that results in their harassment, intimidation or bullying.

We treat all adults, students and families in Bellingham Public Schools with dignity and respect.

Dana Smith, communications manager for Bellingham Public Schools, told Breitbart:

Out of respect to families and children’s privacy, as well as to comply with federal privacy law, we aren’t able share details about our communications with families.

However, we are confident that when families contact us with concerns, we respond in a timely manner.

[RELATED] First Transgender Family Reveals Son, 5, is Undergoing Sex Change

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