EUGENE, Ore. – Derek Grafton didn’t expect his 6th-grade daughter would be discussing gender identity in art class.
“I was honestly appalled,” he said of the “Genderbread Person” poster in his daughter’s class at Meadowview School in the Bethel School District. “I’m not taking issue with the message, whether we as a a family agree with that information or not, that’s a different debate. My concern was how the information was presented.”
Grafton’s daughter told him that another student asked about the poster, and that the teacher then engaged students in a long conversation about gender identity.
“I believe it’s my wife and my job to teach morals, ethics and values based on what’s important to our family, and I feel the school betrayed that,” he said.
The school district said that the poster – intended for training teachers, not students – was put up mistakenly.
“It’s a device used in professional development to help staff understand gender identity and their roles and ensure that every student that walks through the class feels safe and valued by everyone else in that classroom,” said Colt Gill, the district’s superintendent.
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