At an elite charter school in California, a first grader was sent to the principal’s office after innocently calling a transgender student by their actual gender.
“There was a little girl who had been in class with the little boy all last year,” said Karen England, the executive director of Capitol Resource Institute which is speaking on behalf of the girl’s family. “They’re in different classes now, but she saw him on the playground yesterday and called him by his name. The little girl was told ‘you can’t do that, his name is this name,’ and ‘you need to call him a “her.”’ Then she was called to the principal’s office.”
The girl’s family is “outraged,” England said, and has already met with the leaders at Rocklin Academy. Their daughter was not punished, but the incident was investigated for potential bullying. The mother said the girl came home crying, telling her she got in trouble at school.
“I stressed over and over with the principal that I am all for protecting the rights of [the transgender child], but my children have rights as well,” the mother wrote. “It makes me sad that my daughter felt like she was punished for trying to be kind to the kid.”
This isn’t the first controversy to surround the school. At the end of last year, a kindergarten teacher read her class books on transgenderism just before the male student was reintroduced as a girl, The Washington Times said. At the time, parents weren’t notified before the stories were read to the class.