A group of parents are saying they’ll boycott a Los Angeles elementary school’s gay pride day set for next Friday and will keep their children “home and innocent” instead.
An Instagram page — Saticoy Elementary Parents — went up about a week ago in resistance to planned gay pride activities at Saticoy Elementary in North Hollywood, which includes kindergarteners through fifth-graders, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“Keep your kids home and innocent,” a flier created by the parents group reads, the Times said. “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.”
The group wrote in another Instagram post, “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 paper said.
The Los Angeles Unified School District told KTLA-TV that the June 2 event will include an assembly during which teachers will read students a book titled, “The Great Big Book of Families,” which highlights diversity.
“We respect everyone, but some things are appropriate for children [of] that age, and some things are not,” George Dzhabroyan, one of the unhappy parents, told the station. “Hopefully the message gets across and people understand that parents should be the primary contact of what their children should be exposed to and shouldn’t be exposed to.”
The district added to KTLA that parents can allow their children to skip the program.
The paper said the school’s principal, Maria Awakian, refused to speak about the controversy. The Times added that Awakian has been a target of the parents’ displeasure.
The school district told the paper 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 LAUSD statement also said, according to the Times. “This remains an active discussion with our school communities, and we remain committed to continuing to engage with families about this important topic.”
Roberto Salcedo, a teacher at nearby Monlux Elementary, told KTLA the parents’ flyer “was bone-chilling when I first read it. If you really read it for what it is, it’s to incite hatred against people who are different. The message I want parents to realize is that we are all different, and we all need to respect our differences.”
Monlux Elementary does not have a scheduled pride event, the station said.