Elementary school faculty were caught bragging about ignoring requests from parents to refer to them by their given names and pronouns.
In late April, the virtual “Creating and Sustaining GSAs in Elementary Schools” meeting saw Katy Butler, a second-grade public school teacher at Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy in San Francisco, California, ask her fellow panelists a question concerning pronoun use when referring to their students.
The Daily Mail reported that Butler asked the panel, “What should we do if a parent requests that we refer to their child by the pronouns associated with their sex assigned at birth instead of their preferred pronouns, and that we use a legal name instead of a student’s chosen name?”
Butler, the creator of Gender Inclusive Classrooms, the group that organized the panel, subsequently opened the floor to the other three panelists, who were all staffers at public schools across the country.
One panelist, Kieran Slattery, a fifth-grade teacher in Massachusetts who co-created Gender Inclusive Classrooms with Butler, proceeded to tell the forum that he ignores instructions given to him by parents.