Rainbow flag is burned at LA elementary school where furious parents have vowed to take part in BOYCOTT Pride event as protests escalate – with transgender teacher forced to hide in the middle concerns for his safety
- An intruder broke into Saticoy Elementary School in North Hollywood over the weekend and set the pride flag on fire
- The full-time teacher, who is a transgender man, discovered his remains in a flowerpot which was also smashed
- He has now been removed from school by the Los Angeles Unified School District out of safety concerns, reports the Los Angeles Times.
A transgender teacher’s pride flag has been burned at a Los Angeles elementary school where irate parents have vowed to boycott an LGBT event.
An intruder broke into Saticoy Elementary School in North Hollywood over the weekend and set the flag on fire.
The full-time teacher, who is a transgender man, discovered his remains in a flowerpot which was also smashed.
He has now been removed from school by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) over fears for his safety, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Anger has escalated within the school community over an upcoming Pride assembly and parents have planned a protest against the ‘inappropriate’ event on Friday.
A transgender teacher’s pride flag was burned at a Los Angeles elementary school where furious parents vowed to boycott an LGBT event
An intruder broke into Saticoy Elementary School in North Hollywood over the weekend and set the flag on fire
Los Angeles police have confirmed they are investigating the incident and the school has sent a message to parents.
“We suffered a break-in over the weekend at Saticoy Elementary School which resulted in vandalism and is being investigated as a hate-motivated incident,” he said .
“We are cooperating with law enforcement. This is a reminder that we rely on our entire school community to keep our school safe by reporting any suspicious activity on campus after hours. If you see something, say something.’
The transgender teacher was removed from Saticoy Primary School for his own safety, said a source who wished to remain anonymous.
His image was removed from the school’s website, but an image of the teacher before and after his transition was posted on Instagram pages used by parents against the Pride assembly.
‘This is the trans special education/3rd grade teacher (first pictured as female, later as male) at Saticoy Elementary who made it a point to send a message to [Armenian] children on [Pride]”, the message read.
A parent said they knew he was transgender and it had never bothered anyone before.
“He has now decided to shake things up and make his private sex business our children,” they wrote.
Another teacher at Saticoy Elementary School, who wished to remain anonymous, said staff no longer felt safe.
“We’re in a particular atmosphere here in the United States with school shootings where, no, I don’t feel safe,” they said.
“I don’t think any of our teachers feel safe. And many parents don’t feel safe with their children either.
Anger has escalated within the school community over an upcoming Pride assembly and parents have planned a protest against the ‘inappropriate’ event on Friday
The incident comes after parents created an Instagram account on May 16 called ‘saticoyelementaryparents’ to protest the school’s upcoming Pride assembly where teachers read a book by Mary Hoffman called ‘The Great Big Book of Families’. .
He talks about diversity and “all kinds of families,” including those with LGBTQ+ parents.
And just three days later, parents pulled their children out of a class that was being taught by a transgender substitute teacher, three school sources said.
The teacher would have already worked at the school without any problems before the Pride event hit.
“It was awful,” said a staff member. “I understand that people have freedom of speech and the ability to believe and have their own opinions, but when it directly affects another person’s livelihood, that’s unconscionable.”
The LAUSD declined to confirm the incident and said, “Due to privacy laws, we are unable to deal with student and staff matters.
“Rest assured that Los Angeles Unified remains committed to providing a learning and working environment free from discrimination, harassment, bullying or bullying.”
The furious parents plan to protest outside the school on June 2 and have told others who ‘share conservative values’ and ‘don’t think this material is appropriate for teaching children’ to join them.