After an elementary school in Austin, Texas held a pride parade in its halls during a ‘Pride Week’ which the school did not inform the parents was happening, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has declared the school district to be in “violation” of state laws.
Paxton said, “It is not only concerning that Austin ISD students were reportedly being asked to keep sexual materials being discussed confidential, but it is also illegal under Texas State Law. The Texas Legislature has made it very clear that when it comes to sex education, parents – not school districts – are in charge. I will continue to stand up for the children of Texas. The controversial sexual agenda of the radical left does not belong in the classroom and these types of issues should most certainly not be discussed behind the backs of parents.”
After the incident sparked anger among the parents and made headlines in the media, Paxton sent a letter to the Austin Independent School District (AISD), emphasizing the state law that all students must obtain “written consent” from their parents before the school gives “human sexuality instruction”.
“By hosting ‘Pride Week’, your district has, at best, undertaken a week-long instructional effort in human sexuality without parental consent. Or, worse, your district is cynically pushing a week-long indoctrination of your students that not only fails to obtain parental consent, but subtly cuts parents out of the loop. Either way, you’re breaking the law.”
Today, I sent a letter to @AustinISD for their curriculum and lesson plans that constitute “human sexuality instruction” governed by state law.
The Texas Legislature has made it clear that when it comes to sex education, parents—not school districts—are in charge. pic.twitter.com/pVZ4Sj8GMF
— Texas Attorney General (@TXAG) March 22, 2022
Texas state law also says, “A parent is entitled to full information regarding the school activities of a parent’s child. An attempt by any school district employee to encourage or coerce a child to withhold information from the child’s parent is grounds for discipline.”
This aspect of the law was also violated by the faculty encouraging children as young as five to keep their in-class discussions a secret. “Please remember that we agreed to keep what happened in this Circle confidential,” the teachers were instructed to remind the students.
Doss Elementary, TX is holding a “community circles” activity for kindergarten-5th grade for Pride Week. One of the rules is students can’t repeat anything.
What would a teacher be discussing during pride week that she’s worried the kids will tell their parents? 🧐 pic.twitter.com/68uxTkOdTw
— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) March 21, 2022
The school, in blatant defiance of Texas state law and the parental concern, held another pride parade on Wednesday, barring parents’ access after the video of their last parade went viral.
Doss Elementary, TX held another pride parade today. They barred parents access after a video of their last pride parade went viral. Here are two images from the parade today pic.twitter.com/urnVnum8IB
— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) March 23, 2022