Wisconsin Elementary School Holds ‘Gender Bender Day’ [POLL]
Now I know I’ve heard everything. A few parents at a Wisconsin Elementary school are a bit upset over a “Gender Bender Day” that the school is having and now some are afraid the day will promote homosexuality. According to WITI, a FOX affiliate, the Tippecanoe School for the Arts and Humanities in Milwaukee had “School Spirit Week.” The week was full of different events throughout the week that students could participate in. Members of the student council chose Friday as “Gender Bender Day,” a voluntary event that called for boys to dress like girls and girls to dress like boys.
Here’s what WITI reported one father said of the event:
“I think it’s just teaching them the wrong lesson about gender. If you’re a boy, stay a boy. You shouldn’t have something like that at school,” an unidentified father told the station.
Here’s what the Education Action Group Foundation reported Deidri Hernandez, a mother of a child that goes to the school, was so mad that she called the school’s principal and complained:
She finds the theme “ridiculous” and “creepy” and added that “having students dress as ‘transvestites’ will distract from the learning process,” the outlet writes. She also suggested the event promotes the acceptance of homosexuality to students. “They might as well call it ‘Transgender Day,’” she told EAG, adding that she has “never stepped out” to complain about something.
Despite the anger of some parents, school representatives insist that some may be misunderstanding things.
This is what Tony Tagliavia, a public relations manager for Milwaukee public schools, told The Huffington Post in a statement:
“This is an idea created by students as one in a series of school spirit days. As with other days, participation is voluntary.”
So what are your thoughts? Did some of the parents get a little out of line, or do you feel the parents were right in their concern? This is such a hot topic, well just last week, the Boy Scouts voted to allow gay members, but no gay leaders.
So, what is your take on this story? Take the poll below.