Mitchell Primary School children in Kittery, Maine, were read a story about a little transgender child, sparking outrage among some parents who say they ought to have been given a heads-up and chance to opt out of the lesson, which was recited to students in 20 of Mitchell’s 22 classes.
The book, “I Am Jazz,” talks about a child who, at the early age of 2, knew “she had a girl’s brain in a boy’s body,” the Blaze reported. The author says the book’s based on “real-life experience,” explained in a “simple, clear way that will be appreciated by picture book readers, their parents and teachers.”
But not all the parents saw the lesson plan as appropriate.
“I feel like my thoughts, feelings and beliefs were completely ignored,” said one mother, explaining in an email to Hannity.com how upset she was the school didn’t even consult her before reading the material to her child. “My right as a parent to allow or not allow this discussion with my child was taken from me. It is very upsetting to me that I didn’t have an option at all.”
Superintendent of Schools Allyn Hutton said initially the book was part of a lesson plan on “tolerance and respect,” the Blaze reported.
Facing fire, she later said parents should have been given a chance to weigh in before the book was read.
“We have a practice of if a topic is considered sensitive, parents should be informed,” she said, Sea Coast Online reported. “In this situation, that didn’t happen. … In retrospect, we understand that toleration is tolerating people of all opinions.”