Parents in North Hollywood, California plan to boycott an assembly to discuss LGBTQ+ issues for Pride month at Saticoy Elementary School according to a report from Fox News.
An Instagram account named Saticoy Elementary Parents posted on Monday that “outraged” parents, “who share conservative values” and “don’t feel this material is appropriate to teach to the children,” are planning to keep their children home from school on June 2 because of a planned school assembly to observe LGBTQ+ Pride month. The Instagram account was created to oppose the program.
“Attention: PROTEST IS ON JUNE 2nd! We need help! We need signs! We need everyone to come!” Saticoy Elementary Parents wrote on the Instagram post’s caption.
The Los Angeles Unified School District announced there will be a K-12 school assembly held at Saticoy Elementary School to teach students about the LGBTQ+ community. The group alleges that students will watch a video where it says “some kids have 2 mommies, some have 2 daddies.”
“Keep your kids home and innocent,” says a flier posted by the group, Saticoy Elementary Parents. “Videos will be shown to the students including one where it says, ‘some kids have 2 mommies, some have 2 daddies’. This has caused outrage among parents.”
“We said no to COVID-19 vaccines and it’s now over. It was a hard-fought battle and we won! Now it is time to say stop grooming our children,” the group wrote in another Instagram post.
It is not clear how many parents may participate in the boycott but a protest has been scheduled at the school at 8 a.m. on June 2. The school’s principal, Maria Awakian, who has been a target of the parents’ ire, declined to comment when reached by The Times on Wednesday.
In a statement, the Los Angeles Unified School District said it remains committed to “creating a safe and inclusive learning environment that embraces the diversity of the communities we serve.”
“As part of our engagement with school communities, our schools regularly discuss the diversity of the families that we serve and the importance of inclusion,” the statement said.
“This remains an active discussion with our school communities and we remain committed to continuing to engage with families about this important topic.”
The protests come as part of a national conservative movement against discussing sexuality in grade school. The movement includes concerns among some parents over trans students using bathrooms that don’t adhere to the gender they were assigned at birth.