Last week Kettering City Schools’ Van Buren Middle School hosted an assembly for their young students, ages eleven to fourteen. It was for ‘Coming Out Day,’ one of several LGBT events that schools around the country are scheduling throughout the school year. One Van Buren parent vented her frustrations to The Ohio Star.
She shared a letter that she penned in response to the situation.
“My 11-year-old son came home and told me about a guy who came in to talk to the entire school, [all the 6th, 7th, and 8th graders], during a school assembly about his ‘coming out about being gay in the 6th grade’,” she wrote.
“The guy’s name is Malik Pancholy and he used to be a voice in Phineas and Ferb. Van Buren Middle School invited this man into the school without notifying the parents that this man would be promoting his book, ‘The Best At It‘ about a 6th grade boy coming out as gay,” she continued.
“Clearly, this was an underhanded attempt of school officials to go behind the backs of parents to indoctrinate children with a set of beliefs that they know many parents would adamantly disagree with and never approve for them to teach to their children,” the mom added. “This is why they didn’t notify the parents ahead of time, and had my child not shared this with me I never would have known.”
And she had questions.
Sharing one’s sexuality to 11-year-olds, many who aren’t even thinking about sex, has absolutely no place in our publically funded schools. Why did they think this was appropriate? And why did they think it was okay to teach our children without our knowledge or consent? And on top of that, use our tax money to teach our children beliefs we disagree with?”
“Schools have no right to assume that a pro-‘LGBT’ worldview is an appropriate official position for a public school, and an all-student assembly carries the implied endorsement of the school. Families who are Christian, Jewish, or Muslim are completely disregarded and disrespected by the assumption that affirmation of homosexuality and gender deviance is an acceptable message. It’s the establishment of one viewpoint while foolishly promoting a morally, spiritually and medically high-risk behavior,” Harvey stated in ‘Surprise Coming Out Middle School Assembly Angers Parents’.
The Ohio Star published an article earlier this month about Delaware County Middle Schools participating in a “health” survey that included questions about middle-schoolers’ gender, with “transgender” and “other” being options, and asking them about their sexual orientation.
On the issue of ‘Coming Out Day,’ the anonymous mom had more to say.
“Merriam Webster defines ‘bully’ as: ‘to cause [someone] to do something by means of force or coercion’.” she declared.
“Another definition describes it as: ‘a person who habitually seeks to harm or intimidate those whom they perceive as vulnerable’.,” she added.
“There’s nothing more ‘vulnerable’ than our children and no doubt there was an agenda to ‘coerce’ our children into accepting and exploring homosexuality. And the school has used their authority by promoting this agenda, which certainly can be intimidating to any students whose opinion or beliefs differ from this.”
“I would certainly call that intimidating!” she exclaimed. “So, as the school hides behind the ‘anti-bullying’ facade to deceptively promote the LGBT agenda behind parents backs, it would appear by definition they are the big bullies here. And with this parent, that’s not okay. Not on my watch.”
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