Liberal school that ignored parents claims it is victim of 'hate speech'

Friday, May 7, 2021
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Chris Woodward, Billy Davis (OneNewsNow.com)

'I Am Jazz' (pro-LGBT book cover)A first-grade teacher read a transgender-affirming children’s book to her impressionable young students without their parents’ consent, and it only became public thanks to concerned parents who are now being dismissed by school leaders.

Kara Zupkus of Young America’s Foundation credits the watchdog group’s “Campus Bias Tip Line” for alerting the organization about the teacher who read “I am Jazz” to her class in the 12,000-student Bellingham School District.

“I am Jazz” was co-written by transgender activist and celebrity Jazz Jennings, who is now a young adult. He was born male and named Jared by his parents but began transitioning to a female named “Jazz” at age 5.

"The teacher did admit over email that she had read the book,” Zupkus tells One News Now, “mentioning it's part of their Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion collection in the school's library. But parents were not made aware ahead of time that this was going to be read to their students.”

On its own website, the Bellingham Public Schools describes its mission as “a collective commitment.”

I am Jazz propagandaThe school teacher, Jennifer Miller, confirmed to a parent on social media that she read the book and defiantly told the parent the school district promotes “inclusion through understanding and compassion.”

The young man’s life as a female has been glamorized by the TLC series of the same name, and he has been celebrated by homosexual rights groups, Hollywood, and the media. Johnson and Johnson featured Jennings in a commercial, and he has voiced some cartoon characters in shows that promote homosexuality and transgenderism.

What presumably goes undiscussed in the children's book, and in the classroom of first graders, is the adult issue of Jennings’ mental health. Jennings struggled early in life with “a girl’s brain in a boy’s body,” as the book cover itself states, which is why the American Psychological Association diagnosed such struggles as a "disorder" until it changed the language, under pressure to do so, in 2013. 

Jennings announced in 2019 his first year in college was being delayed due to “mental health” concerns, including anxiety and depression.

School leaders ignored parents

After parents learned about the book-reading incident and complained, Zupkus says they were ignored by school board president Jennifer Mason and by Greg Baker, the school district superintendent.

"Celebrate Diversity" bannerBaker did, however, address YAF’s exposure of the book reading in a May 6 message that was posted online on the school website:

You may have heard that our district has received attention for a particular library book, “I Am Jazz,” and the private business owned by one of our school board members. This attention is prompting hate speech and harassment based on our values as a district and our commitment to equitable, diverse and inclusive education.

Zupkus and YAF have pointed out that Mason, a first-term school board member, owns an X-rated adult shop in Bellingham. She is also an outspoken feminist and leftist whose adult-oriented business has no age restriction according to its own Facebook page. 

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