Washington School District Declines Requests For Students To Opt Out Of ‘Pride’ Lessons

Washington School District Declines Requests For Students To Opt Out Of ‘Pride’ Lessons

It would be “offensive” to allow students to opt out of LGBTQ+ activities ~Superintendent Patrick Murphy

Steve Watson

Summit News

A school district in Washington state has reportedly told students that they have no choice to but participate in LGBTQ+ ‘Pride’ lessons and activities and that opting out is not an option.

Rebel News has the details, noting that Olympia school district (OSD) issued a statement emphasising that it “has no opt out process for Pride-related lessons as they are aligned with the standards that are required to be taught within our schools.”

“OSD is committed to gender-inclusive schools, and we will follow the guidance of our governing agency, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI),” the statement also noted.

Earlier this month the district made a Pride Month Proclamation, stating that it would be carrying out LGBTQ+ themed lessons with ‘Pride’ songs and books as part of a “journey toward Gender-Inclusive Schools.” 

The proclamation states “The month of June is an opportunity to celebrate the narratives, identities, and contributions of those within the LGBTQIA+ community,” adding “We recognize the struggle for equal rights continues today and are committed to expanded partnerships, policy reviews and updates, and opportunities to exercise learning courage that further our journey toward Gender-Inclusive Schools.”

Students who choose not to participate will be marked as having an unexcused absence, according to parents who have enquired.

The district Superintendent Patrick Murphy has previously claimed that removing any students from such lessons, which have involved discussions on puberty blockers, preferred pronouns, and transgenderism, would be “offensive”.

Murphy stated that “Acknowledging and celebrating the variety of backgrounds and families of our students and staff aligns with state and federal directives to ensure that we have gender inclusive schools and to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment.” 

The Superintendent further asserted that “to ask staff to excuse students when those types of activities would occur, it’s not only disruptive to the learning environment and an undue burden, I would say, on staff… Much more importantly, it’s offensive and demeaning to the very students and staff who are protected.”


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5 Comments on Washington School District Declines Requests For Students To Opt Out Of ‘Pride’ Lessons

  1. If the shoe was on the other foot… They/them should also have to participate in family values, heterosexual lifestyle choice cirriculum. It’s offensive and demeaning to those that aren’t protected.See how that works.

  2. If you’re still delivering your kids to these people every day for abuse, grooming, and indoctrination…you get what you ask for. Public schools are lost. Stop sending your kids. If YOUR school district isn’t doing this, you just haven’t caught them yet.

  3. You have lots of choice. Opt out of the entire Bolshevik indoctrination center. HOMESCHOOL **YOUR** KIDS.
    If you don’t educate them, somebody else will and the first thing they will teach them is that you, their parents, are the enemy.

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