Teacher invited schoolgirl, 12, to after-school arts club that was actually a meeting about trans and queer identity
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A mother has been left angry and hurt after her 12-year-old daughter's teacher invited her to an after-school arts club that was actually a gender and identity group.
Erin Lee, whose child was at Wellington Middle School in Colorado up until this year, slammed Jenna Riep for getting the youngster to go to the Genders & Sexualities Alliance event.
She told how her daughter came home and revealed a speaker told them they may be transgender if they were not comfortable in their bodies.
The horrified mother claimed they also asked kids who they were sexually attracted to and informed they could be queer while being shown a 'Genderbread person'.
The bizarre diagram has been used in some woke schools and workplaces to claim anatomical sex is 'male-ness' or 'female-ness' - but has been criticized by some academics.
Lee also alleged the youngsters were even asked to keep details of the meeting a secret and warned their parents were not safe.
The lesson, which district officials have since defended, spurred the concerned mother to pull the child out of the public school, and enroll her into an $8K-a-year private school.
Lee says that the incident began after her daughter sent her a text message asking to go to an after-school art club, saying art teacher Riep had invited her.
She and her husband, Jonathan, then gave their permission for the child to attend - however, upon picking up the schoolgirl from the supposed art club, the pair quickly realized something was wrong.
She told Fox News: 'When we picked her up from that program after school, we could see on her face that something was incredibly wrong.
'It wasn't art club, it was GSA, or Gender and Sexuality [Alliance] is what they're calling it now,' the irate mother explained.
'They told the kids that if they're not fully comfortable in their body, then they are transgender.
'So essentially told my daughter if she's not 100 percent comfortable in her body, that she is transgender.'
The lesson was led LGBTQ activist Kimberly Chambers, emails obtained by the Parents Defending Education advocacy group show. Chambers - the head of LGBTQ advocacy group SPLASH Youth of Northern Colorado - spoke as a school board-approved guest. 'She explained to my daughter that if she is not 100% comfortable in her female body, then she's transgender,' Lee explained, revealing that the outside speaker then told the middle-school-aged children that they were not safe around their parents.
'She then told the kids that parents aren't safe, and that it's OK to lie to them about where they are in order to attend this meeting,' the mom, who has since enrolled her daughter in a private Christian school but still has a son at the public school, said.
Lee said the speaker - who delivered the lesson to the group on May 4 of last year - then gave the students her personal contact information and encouraged them to contact her on social media platforms such as Discord and What'sApp.
'She doubled down that parents aren't safe [and] that heterosexuality and monogamy are not normal,' Lee further revealed.
After confronting school staffers and guest speaker Chambers about the lesson, The Poudre School District confirmed the existence of the club, and asserted that conversations in its GSA groups 'may be confidential' given the' sensitive' nature of the meetings' discussions.
'In PSD, we promise to create and uphold equitable, inclusive, and rigorous educational opportunities, outcomes, and experiences for all students,' the district said in a statement.
'As a district, we are committed to making our schools safe spaces in which all students can learn.
'Genders and Sexualities Alliances, or GSAs, were established as safe spaces for members of the LGBTQIA+ community, allies, and any individual to come together with the goals of ensuring inclusivity, safety, and support.
'Discussions in GSAs may be confidential given that they can sometimes be sensitive in nature (i.e. a student may be 'out' with specific friends but not with the community at large),' it went on, adding that the GSA was 'school-sponsored' and approved by the district.
Lee, meanwhile, says it's time for families to withdraw their young students from woke public schools such as those in the Colorado school district, to properly protect their children.
She said she called the police to report the incident, who said they were unable to help due to the fact that the lesson occurred in a classroom and there was no accusation of physical touch or exposure of body parts.
Lee's daughter is now attending a private, Christian school and is 'doing much better.'