Parents Organize Walkout Over Secret Third Grade LGBT Club

Angry California parents of elementary school students are organizing a walkout to protest Pleasant Grove Elementary School in the Elk Grove Unified District over a secret LGBT club started by a third-grade teacher without parental knowledge or permission.

Controversy erupted in the Elk Grove Unified District in January after parents discovered a third-grade teacher started a lunchtime LGBT group for elementary school students. The group is named “UBU,” meaning “You Be You.” Students also reportedly called it the “Rainbow Club.” Now parents are organizing a protest.

The school teacher who started UBU is using the lunch period at Pleasant Grove Elementary School to indoctrinate young children about controversial progressive lifestyles and gender ideologies. These topics are culturally, socially, and politically fraught with controversy and disagreement.

“These little minds, they just can’t wrap their head around what these types of things mean to them,” Pamela Davila, a parent of a student enrolled at the school, told a local news affiliate.

The average age of a third-grade student is 8–9 years old. That is before the average child reaches puberty and experiences changes in secondary reproductive characteristics leading to adolescence. To many conservatives, this is an inappropriate age to begin education on controversial alternative lifestyles that put people at risk of physical and mental diseases.

But for some parents of students at Pleasant Grove, the scandal is not so much over the content of the Rainbow Club meetings, but that the school allowed it without notifying parents and getting their permission first. “I don’t think any of us have an issue with that topic,” she added. “It’s just that they did that without notifying the parents.”

“Deal with the bullying. Don’t keep secrets from parents,” said Brittani Cortina, another parent of a Pleasant Grove student. “Take that issue with the parents. Don’t take that issue with the students in the school.”

“It is really a matter of do parents have the fundamental right to raise, educate and train their children, or does the state have the right to replace parents?” said Dean Broyles, president of the National Center for Law and Policy.

“If they want to have a club like this, it should be after school. It should be with full parental knowledge and consent,” he said.