The Murrieta School District in California is not allowing parents to opt their children out of LGBTQ content.
As with any school district, Murrieta has a comprehensive sexual education program in place. However, new laws in California allow those programs to now contain content and material, including the history of LGBTQ communities, masturbation, role-playing, oral sex, and even how to get abortions without parental consent.
And while that in and of itself is bad enough, this particular school district is lying to parents not only about the inclusion of such content, but it tells them that they can opt-out of those classes if they wish.
When a local group, Our Watch, found out about the program and its content, it tried to expose the district. It even made a video about it, in which the group records an ACLU staff attorney instructing teachers on how to help their students get abortions. When the video was released, it received immediate backlash from the community.
However, the school quickly sent out an email warning that there was false information being spread around about their sex education program. In the email, Monica Gutierrez of the Public Information Office included a pamphlet about the program to try and quell such rumors. The flyer let parents know at the bottom that they could opt-out of the program if they wanted to.
However, when Pastor Tim Thompson, President of Our Watch, contacted Gutierrez regarding the program months earlier, she told him while they could opt out of the sex-ed class they could not do so for any other courses that contain similar content.
Gutierrez told him that the California Healthy Youth Act, also known as AB329, requires teachers and curricula to positively “recognize different sexual orientations, be inclusive of same-sex relationships, and teach students about gender, gender identity, and gender expression.”
Additionally, she stated, “For all sexual health education, instruction and materials used in the District’s sexual health and HIV education must be age-appropriate, medically accurate, and appropriate for use with students of all races, genders, sexual orientations, and ethnic or cultural backgrounds, English learners, and students with disabilities.”
And she added, “In practice, this means that the above-mentioned criteria must be fused throughout the entirety of the curriculum.”
Therefore, this information would no longer be kept to one singular class (sex ed) but spread throughout all subjects to make it relevant in all topics.
So parents could choose not to allow their child to take sex education courses, but other classes that also talked about and included this material were mandatory, such as history or English.
Thompson and others claim the pamphlet is extremely deceiving, giving parents the idea that they can simply opt their children out. However, it says nothing about the inclusion of such topics in other classes or the fact that those classes are required.
And Thompson says Murrieta is not the only district in the state to be participating in such ploys.
He and others attended a board meeting on Thursday to discuss the possibility of making the district a “Sanctuary School District.” This would mean that in that district state governments would be limited in their effort to “usurp the authority of parents in their children’s lives or to impose an ideology that is contrary to a family’s core values through state-mandated educational policies.”
The idea is to allow parents more control over what their children are taught and how schools enforce district-wide policies.
Also, it would mean that the district would “also reject the enforcement of AB39, SB48, or any other law requiring the teaching, approval, or encouragement of any type of sexual behavior,” according to Thompson.
Senate Bill 48 added that certain groups be added to the California Education Code, including “lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans with a focus on what roles these groups play in society. However, while it included these groups, other topics such as any religious doctrine and abstinence-only education are prohibited.
He is pushing for parents to back him on this for the sake of the children of the district. But some such as board president Paul Diffley says he is wasting his time.