California teachers were recorded mocking parents concerned about homosexual and transgender indoctrination in their children’s schools. Two teachers reportedly described at an October California Teachers Association Conference how they hoodwinked Conservative parents about the nature of their “Gay-Straight Alliance” (GSA) clubs.
The Epoch Times reportedly obtained an audio recording of seventh-grade teachers Kelly Baraki and Lori Caldeira telling other California teachers how to recruit students into LGBTQ clubs, also known as GSA clubs, at school. The two teach at Buena Vista Middle School in Salinas, California, which is part of the Spreckels Union School District.
Caldeira and Baraki’s workshop, “How we run a GSA in Conservative Communities,” described obstacles they faced as activist teachers in concealing the activities of these clubs from parents, according to The Epoch Times report.
“Because we are not official, we have no club rosters. We keep no records,” said Caldeira. “In fact, sometimes we don’t really want to keep records because if parents get upset that their kids are coming? We’re like, ‘Yeah, I don’t know. Maybe they came?’”
Baraki allegedly suggested activist teachers disguise the nature of GSA clubs by calling them something less obvious. Baraki reportedly noted she avoided naming her LGBTQ club a GSA, calling it the “Equity Club” and later changing the club name to “You Be You.”
The teachers allegedly bragged about spying on the online searches and activity of students and eavesdropping on their conversations in order to identify and recruit sixth-grade students into the LGBTQ clubs, whose membership rolls are kept hidden from parents.
After last week’s report in The Epoch Times, the school district issued a statement saying that, among other measures, they suspended the You Be You club.
“Many of the comments and themes stated in the article are alarming, concerning, disappointing and do not in any way reflect the District or the Board of Education’s policies and practices,” said district officials in the statement. They noted the two teachers were on personal leave time when they attended the October teachers conference. “Regarding the teachers involved, appropriate personnel steps are being taken to make sure such activities and comments will not be repeated.”
Administrators also said future student clubs will be required to submit outlines of all activities and materials before being allowed to meet. Student sign-in sheets will be maintained and parent/guardian permission slips will be sent home prior to a club holding a meeting, the statement said.
“Any presentation or assembly involving sensitive themes such as sexuality will be created in line with state-approved standards and curriculum, and under the supervision of site and district administration,” said Superintendent of Schools Eric Tarallo. “Materials of any sensitive themes will be shared with parents/guardians prior to being shown to students.”
“Teachers are prohibited from monitoring students’ online activity for any non-academic purposes,” he added.
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