Parents of students in a California school district have been stunned by word that the school is allowing a man who works in the lunchroom to dress like a woman, wearing exposed bra straps and a spaghetti-strap top that would not be allowed for students.
And a law firm addressing the issue said those are exactly the circumstances that are fueling a popular uprising against a state legislative plan that would require schools to indoctrinate children as young as 5 with the idea that homosexuality, transsexuality and other alternative lifestyles are not only acceptable, but to be looked at as models.
The newest case has developed in the Sierra Sands Unified School District in Ridgecrest. According to the Pacific Justice Institute, it was parent Phyllis Fernandez who raised the issue.
“A parent of two young girls was caught off guard recently when her daughters came home from school with questions about a man dressed like a woman on duty in the school cafeteria. The parent was further chagrined when officials in the Sierra Sands Unified School District confirmed the story but insisted their hands were tied,” according to the Pacific Justice report.
“What continues to floor the parent, Phyllis Fernandez, whose daughters attend kindergarten and third grade at Faller Elementary School, is that the employee’s attire would not be permissible for students. The employee, a substitute lunch duty worker, was wearing makeup and a spaghetti strap shirt, with his bra straps visible to students. District dress code policies for students ban both spaghetti straps and visible undergarments,” the report said.
“I shouldn’t have to be explaining to my five and eight year old girls why a man at their school is wearing a bra,” said Fernandez. “The school believes they have to give special treatment to this individual because of his chosen gender expression, but the learning environment is suffering.”
Attorneys at the institute who are advising Fernandez noted that this type of frustration is serving to build support for a repeal of SB48, the newly approved law that would demand that schools promote transgender, bisexual and homosexual historical figures.
“Parents are fed up with schools being manipulated by politicians and special interest groups to push an extreme social agenda,” said PJI President Brad Dacus. “Behavior like cross-dressing disrupts the educational environment, and parents have a right to be concerned for their children.”
Superintendent Joanna Rummer told WND the situation is as the parents described, but she said the school by state law must allow the “transgender” employee to express his sexual orientation.
“I can confirm … that his attire has caused some conversation. It’s no surprise that some people are concerned about this. But labor laws protect this sort of action. We have spoken with the employee … about the district’s expectations that his appearance must be professional.”
However, she said the district was not allowed to “infringe” on the employee’s “rights.”
The campaign to repeal SB48 has been assembled online. It is approaching a critical point at which hundreds of thousands of citizen signatures must be submitted for the issue to be referred to voters in the next election.
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, has prepared a video explaining the concerns and offering a preview of what Californians can expect to see should the repeal effort be unsuccessful:
The video covers the Massachusetts case of David Parker, who was jailed overnight on the complaint of school officials after he objected to their decision, without his knowledge, to indoctrinate his child with homosexual advocacy.
The campaign explains that SB48 uses “all social science curriculum, including history books and other instructional materials, to teach children as young as five not only to accept but also to endorse transgenderism, bisexuality, and homosexuality.”
The bill was advertised as a crackdown on bullying, but “whatever the stated goal, the actual provisions of the bill say nothing about bullying. Instead, they regulate the content of classroom instruction. SB48 requires all public schools – including charter schools – to include positive discussions of the sexual orientations of transgender, bisexual, and gay Americans in all social science courses. The sponsors have repeatedly asserted that SB48 mandates this provocative material for California students in all grades from K-12,” the campaign said.
Unless stopped, the bill takes effect in January.
The Los Angeles Times said the bill is written to inject politics into the classroom and puts politicians rather than academic experts in charge of curriculum.
The bill also demands a selective treatment of history, as only “events that reflect positively on people in the LGBT community” may be discussed. Critics have said that a health class noting that most of the HIV and AIDS cases across the country are found in the homosexual community, for example, could be interpreted as a violation of the state law.
WND previously reported when the repeal campaign was launched.
“Every Californian who believes in parental rights and passing down an unbiased history to our children is going to have to get involved. We need 7,000 people to commit to gathering 100 signatures each. We need people to give like our future depends on it – because it does,” Dacus said at the time.
“If we do not take a stand here, the out-of-control politicians in Sacramento will continue to run roughshod over the families they are supposed to represent,” he said.
The organization, needing about 550,000 valid signatures to force a vote on the law, is asking for 700,000 to 750,000 to make sure there are enough valid ones.
The StopSB48.com coalition includes pro-family organizations, parents, students and teachers.
Karen England of Capitol Resource Family Impact, who also is working with the coalition on the referendum, said, “Gov. Brown refused to listen to the calls of pro-family voters asking him to veto SB48. The bill costs too much and it goes too far. He ignored the majority in our state who object to the implementation of this controversial, objectionable, and poor public school policy. The people of the state want a vote on SB48. CRFI encourages everyone to join the fight in stopping SB48.”
- SB 543, signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2010, “allows school staff to remove children ages 12 and up from government schools and taken off-campus for counseling sessions, without parental permission or involvement. The purpose is to permit pro-homosexuality teachers and administrators to remove sexually confused children in 6th grade and up from campus and take them to pro-homosexuality counselors who will encourage them to embrace the homosexual lifestyle.”
- ACR 82, approved by the California Legislature in 2010, “creates de facto ‘morality-free zones’ at participating schools (pre-kindergarten through public universities). Schools that become official ‘Discrimination-Free Zones’ will ‘enact procedures’ (including mandatory counseling) against students from pre-kindergarten on up who are accused of ‘hate,’ ‘intolerance,’ or ‘discrimination’.” What is the hate? Peacefully speaking or writing against the unnatural lifestyles choices of homosexuality and bisexuality.
- SB 572, signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2009, establishes “Harvey Milk Day” in K-12 California public schools and community colleges. In classrooms, schools, and school districts that participate, children will now be taught to admire the life and values of late homosexual activist and teen predator Harvey Milk of San Francisco the month of May.
- SB 777, signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2007, prohibits all public school instruction and every school activity from “promoting a discriminatory bias” against (effectively requiring positive depictions of) transsexuality, bisexuality, and homosexuality to schoolchildren as young as five years old. SB 777 means children will be taught their “gender” is a matter of choice.
- AB 394, signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2007, effectively promotes transsexual, bisexual, and homosexual indoctrination of students, parents, and teachers via “anti-harassment” and “anti-discrimination” materials, to be publicized in classrooms and assemblies, posted on walls, incorporated into curricula on school websites, and distributed in handouts to take home.
- SB 71, signed by Gov. Gray Davis in 2003 and implemented in 2008 through the new “sexual health” standards approved by appointees of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell, teaches children as young as 5th grade that any consensual sexual behavior is “safe” as long as you “protect” yourself with a condom, and teaches children that homosexuality, bisexuality and transsexuality is “normal.”
- AB 1785, signed by Gov. Gray Davis in 2000, required the California State Board of Education to alter the state curriculum frameworks to include and require “human relations education” for children in K-12 public schools, with the aim of “fostering an appreciation of the diversity of California’s population and discouraging the development of discriminatory attitudes and practices,” according to the state legislative counsel’s digest.
- AB 537, signed by Gov. Gray Davis in 1999, permits teachers and students to openly proclaim and display their homosexuality, bisexuality or transsexuality, even permitting cross-dressing teachers, school employees and student on campus, in classrooms, and in restrooms.
Homosexual former San Francisco leader Harvey Milk
But SB48 takes the state even a step beyond its demand that students in public schools every year honor Harvey Milk, a homosexual activist and reported sexual predator, as well as an advocate for Jim Jones, leader of the massacred hundreds in Jonestown, Guyana.
In honoring Milk, schools are advocating for the acceptance of what Milk sought: the entire homosexual, bisexual and cross-dressing agenda; a refusal to acknowledge sexually transmitted diseases spread by the behavior; his behavior as “a sexual predator of teenage boys, most of them runaways with drug problems”; advocacy for multiple sexual relationships at one time; and “lying to get ahead”; according to SaveCalifornia.com, a leading statewide pro-family organization promoting moral virtues for the common good.
A 1982 biography of Milk tells of a 16-year-old named McKinley, who “was looking for some kind of father figure.”
“At 33, Milk was launching a new life, though he could hardly have imagined the unlikely direction toward which his new lover would pull him,” the book says.
It also states, “It would be to boyish-looking men in their late teens and early 20’s that Milk would be attracted for the rest of his life.”
The consequences of refusing to accept the state’s beliefs about homosexuality can be devastating, SaveCalifornia documents.