California Teachers Stalked Kids Forced Them To Join LGBT Clubs!
Abigail Shrier said that speakers at the California Teachers Association conference ‘went so far as to tout their surveillance of students’ Google searches, internet activity, and hallway conversations.
CA’s largest teacher’s union shared they stalked children and forced them to join LGBT clubs. Also, they mocked parents who complained about this type of content in the classrooms.
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Shrier shared that last month the CTA speakers “went so far as to tout their surveillance of students’ Google searches, internet activity, and hallway conversations in order to target sixth graders for personal invitations to LGBTQ clubs, while actively concealing these clubs’ membership rolls from participants’ parents.”
She added that she obtained documents from three participants, CTA’s “2021 LGBTQ+ Issues Conference, Beyond the Binary: Identity & Imagining Possibilities.”
Kelly Baraki, a middle school teacher, shared that in a seminar called Queering in the Middle” that she “stalked” students’ online activity and observed their conversations before inviting them to the GSA group.
“When we were doing our virtual learning — we totally stalked what they were doing on Google when they weren’t doing school work,” Baraki said. “One of them was googling ‘Trans Day of Visibility.’ And we’re like ‘check.’ We’re going to invite that kid when we get back on campus.”
“Whenever they follow the Google Doodle links or whatever, right, we make a note of those kids and the things that they bring up with each other in chats or email or whatever.”
“We use our observations of kids in the classroom — conversations that we hear — to personally invite students,” she added. “Because that’s really the way we kinda get the bodies in the door. Right? They need sort of a little bit of an invitation.”
Lori Caldeira, another teacher, told the members without keeping a record of kids who attended her pro-LGBT group aided them in deflecting questions from parents.
“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?'” she said. “You know, we would never want a kid to get in trouble for attending if their parents are upset.”
“What happens in this room stays in this room,” she said.
Calderia was included in the 2018 letter signed by parents whose children were transgender and criticized
Trump’s pro-family policies.
“The advice to those who run middle school LGBTQ clubs is: keep no records, so you can plead ignorance of the membership with the members’ parents,” Shrier said. “In fact … Baraki can be heard in the same session describing having named her club ‘the Equity Club,’ and then, ‘You be You,’ rather than the more ubiquitous ‘GSA.'”
‘A little mind-trick on our sixth-graders.’
“How we run a ‘GSA’ in Conservative Communities” Workshop was another place where Caldeira emphasized she and Baraki were motivated to pursue LGBTQ Kids because they missed them.
“We have LGBTQ kids who come to us, and they come and spend a year with us,” Caldeira said. But then, they “go hang with their friends at lunch.”
“And they do their things. And we love them for that, but we miss them when they don’t join us. So we saw our membership numbers start to decline,” she continued.
“I know, so sad. Sorry for you, you had to do something hard!” Baraki said. “Honestly, your twelve-year-old probably knew all that, right?”
“I have tenure! You can’t fire me for running a GSA,” Caldeira later added. “And so, you can be mad, but you can’t fire me for it.”
“CTA has made it very clear that they are devoted to human rights and equity. They provide us with these sources, these resources, and tools.”
Responding to the parental backlash, Baraki said: They were last to go through this presentation, and the gender stuff was the last thing we talked about. So next year, they’ll be going first with this presentation, and the gender stuff will be the first thing they are about. Hopefully to mitigate, you know, these kinds of responses, right?”
School district response
Responding to Shrier’s report, the Spreckels Union District mailed the parents and condemned Baraki and Caldeira’s comments. Their comments were alarming, concerning, and disappointing.
“Many of the comments and themes stated in the article are alarming, concerning, disappointing, and do not in any way reflect the District or Board of Education’s policies and practices,” district officials said.
In the mail, you could read:
- Any future student clubs will be required to submit an outline 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.
- All messaging shared in the morning announcements will now be controlled and distributed by the site principal. This practice will be in place permanently.
- 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. 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.