“They swept us aside like we were trash”

Mother of 5-year-old who was given lesson on transgenderism at Rocklin Academy, an elite charter school in a Sacramento suburb, tearfully recounts effect on her child

A mom whose five-year-old daughter was in a California kindergarten classroom when a teacher read a book on transgenderism and her classmate switched from a boy to a “girl” broke down describing the incident at a board meeting earlier this month.

“I thought that they would take my religious beliefs, my, I mean, I am part of the public, right? I thought they would take those into consideration,” said the mother of two.

“Instead, they swept us aside like we were trash, like, we have plenty of children on the waitlist, if you are not going to comply with what we want to do and say to your kindergartener — ,” at which point her voice broke.

“ … who was very confused … ”

She stopped again, on the verge of tears, before adding: “All I would have wanted was the chance to talk to her ahead of time.”

The transgender kindergarten lesson took place at Rocklin Academy Gateway a day before school recessed last summer, but parents were not notified beforehand.

The elite charter school in a Sacramento suburb was subsequently engulfed in a bitter controversy when some outraged parents reported their five-year-olds came home that day traumatized, confused and fearful that they might turn into the opposite sex.

Reports differ on just what happened during the lesson, but all agree that teacher Kaelin Swaney read the pro-transgender book “I am Jazz” to the class at the request of a boy student who was transitioning into a “girl.”

The board and teacher would not verify reports that the boy also changed into girl’s clothes and was reintroduced to the class as a girl with a girl’s name.

Meanwhile, a girl in the class was reportedly sent to the principal’s office when school resumed in late August for “misgendering” the boy by calling him by his boy’s name, according to Karen England, executive director of Capitol Hill Resources.

The mother testified at a mid-February meeting of the Newcastle Elementary School Board, which oversees Rocklin Academy Gateway, that her attempts to find out what took place in her daughter’s class that day went nowhere.

Rocklin Academy board staff “are refusing and they refused even afterward to answer parents’ questions and have referred the parents to their children who were in their class, to the five-year-olds, as to what happened,” she told LifeSiteNews at the time.

The board defended itself by arguing that the California law mandating parental notification and opt-out for sex ed didn’t apply because gender issues are not considered sex education. It also argued that not supporting the five-year-old boy’s gender “transition” could leave it open to charges of discrimination.

As a result of the controversy, 90 children had been pulled from the school, according to a California Family Council (CFC) report.

That includes the two children of the mother, who ironically gave her heartfelt testimony at the Newcastle board meeting in support of a parental rights policy that, if adopted, won’t apply to Rocklin Academy Gateway because of its independent charter status, according to CFC.

Indeed, Rocklin Academy Gateway rejected the same policy last September. It opted instead for a policy that teachers “endeavor to notify” parents of controversial topics discussed in class before or after they happen, and that gives teachers and administrators discretion to decide what is “controversial,” CFC reported.

Crafted by Alliance Defending Freedom and promoted by California Research Institute and CFC, the policy presented to the Newcastle board extends parental notification and opt-out to “discussions of family structures, gender identity, sexual orientation, and harassment.”

An ADF document countering the argument that the policy violates California’s discrimination laws was also distributed to the board, CFC reported.

“I love the policy,” the mother said. Its adoption would “help prevent something like this from happening again.”

Full story at LifeSiteNews.


  1. Public school education has degenerated into child abuse and promoting insanity. You have to be insane to want to teach in public schools because what they are teaching is stuff that no sane person would agree with nor go along with. I cry for parents who have no choice but to send their kids to California’s corrupt, worthless public schools.

  2. I don’t understand how any parent can be so uninformed about what is going on in the name of “education” — regardless of whether it’s public, private or charter school.
    Typically, when naive parents discover what is being done to their kids, they raise a ruckus but ultimately, nothing changes. They leave their kids with the child seducers.

  3. Transgender disrespects the creation of God.

    • Lawrece says:

      they are still Gods Creation! but I guess to be a good catholic you need to be “normal” otherwise you don’t count. So typical, of these right wing Catholics…. We accept you if you are a straight, child producing human being but other than that..don’t bother us….We only are accepting as we see fit…In the meantime its ok to carry a gun but we respect life though……..I am gay cradle Catholic and I have never in my life seen such meanness come from other catholics. WOW!!!!!

      • Anne T. E. says:

        So if someone objects to a child who has all his or her normal body parts being given opposite sex hormones then encouraged to have his/her body parts taken off in a so called sex change operation, they are “right wing”? Most of us are not talking about people born with abnormal reproductive organs. They have a right to corrective surgery, which is much different from mutilating surgery. It does no good for any of us to call our abnormalities, normal. We all have some.

  4. helen wheels says:

    News Flash:
    to the Government Schools
    and their lackeys, you (and I)
    ARE trash !!

    They DON’T CARE what you think !

  5. Michael McDermott says:

    Pander or Perish is the Pogrom
    Targeting the Young its Primary Method of Indoctrination
    Spreading Fear in Parents, Parishes and Communities is the Agenda
    Big Cissy Syster is Watching, and Listening, and Recording, and Waiting… To Pounce
    Because thats how ‘tolerance’ really works in the era of the GILBERT Gaystapo

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