Elementary School Transgender Lesson Draws Parents’ Ire

Horace Mitchell Primary School in Kittery Point, Maine, is under fire for presenting a lesson from a book on transgenderism to its students without providing advance notice to parents. Superintendent Allyn Hutton stated it was an oversight on the school’s part. “We have a practice of if a topic is considered sensitive, parents should be informed,” she told SeaCoastOnline.com on April 17.

The lesson focused on a book that teachers read to the students, entitled I am Jazz (cover shown) by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, the latter a 12-year-old honorary co-founder of the TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation. The story is based on Jazz’s own experiences.

The Amazon.com description of the book elaborates,

From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girl’s brain in a boy’s body. She loved pink and dressing up as a mermaid and didn’t feel like herself in boys’ clothing. This confused her family, until they took her to a doctor who said that Jazz was transgender and that she was born that way. Jazz’s story is based on her real-life experience and she tells it in a simple, clear way that will be appreciated by picture book readers, their parents, and teachers.

Some parents were angered by the lesson and the school’s failure to alert them about it in advance.

“I feel like my thoughts, feelings and beliefs were completely ignored…. My right as a parent to allow or not allow this discussion with my child was taken from me,” one mother wrote to Fox News’ Sean Hannity. “It is very upsetting to me that I didn’t have an option at all.”