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A transgender first-grade teacher named Ray Skyer at a Boston-area charter school was shockingly given permission by the school assistant principal to tell kindergarten, first-grade, and second-grade students his views on gender identity.
“Remember: Your job during the Identity Share is to be listening really carefully so that you can learn something new about Mr. Skyer. We’re running a little low on time so I don’t think we’ll have questions but you can always ask questions to Mr. Skyer when you have a chance to see him later. So Mr. Skyer, I’m going to start by turning it over to you and having you share with us your ‘I am’ statements and what you like most about who you are,” Sarah Hammond, the Brooke Roslindale School assistant principal told little children during an “Identity Share” Zoom call in March 2021.
The teacher had three “I am” statements. The first involved being a son and a brother. The second was that he loved to read books, as seen in a video shared by the Twitter account Libs of TikTok.
“So something that’s really cool and unique about who I am is that I am transgender. So we touched a little bit about that at the beginning of this week in the book that Miss Hammond read, but I’m gonna give you my explanation about what it means to be transgender as well,” Skyer asserted for his third “I am” statement.
“So when babies are born, the doctor looks at them and they make a guess about whether the baby is a boy or girl based on what they look like. Most of the time that guess is 100% correct; there are no issues whatsoever, but sometimes the doctor is wrong; the doctor makes an incorrect guess. When a doctor makes a correct guess, that’s when a person is called cisgender. When a doctor’s guess is wrong that’s when they are transgender,” he continued.
.@BrookeSchool 1st grade teacher records an “identity share” zoom call with K-2 grades where he spoke about being trans.
“When babies are born the dr looks & makes a guess on whether the baby is a boy or girl. Sometimes the dr is wrong. If they are right, the baby is cisgender” pic.twitter.com/qYGFm9B7rF
— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) April 10, 2022
“So I’m a man, but when I was a baby the doctors told my parents I was a girl. And so my parents gave me a name that girls typically have; they bought me clothes that girls typically wear, and until I was eighteen years old everyone thought I was a girl. And this was super, super uncomfortable for me because I knew that wasn’t right,” he told the children.
“The way I like to describe it is like wearing a super-itchy sweater. The longer you wear it the itchier it gets and the only way to make the itching stop is to have everyone see and know the person that you really are. So when I was eighteen I told my family and my friends that I’m really a boy and it was like this huge weight had been lifted off of my shoulders and I had the freedom to be who I truly am. And even though this experience is super-challenging, sometimes it made me the person I am and I’m super-proud to be transgender,” he declared.
“I’m a man but when I was a baby the doctors told my parents I was a girl”
“I talk to my students about what it means to be trans all the time”
These are 6 year old kids. pic.twitter.com/9CEOVvCdI5
— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) April 11, 2022
Skyer wrote on Facebook, “‘BUT WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN??’ Whenever there are bills introduced targeting trans youth, we always hear the argument that these laws are ‘protecting’ their peers and ‘preventing confusion.’ At this point, I’ve had many conversations with many young children (I’m a 1st grade teacher) about what being transgender is and never once have I been met with any fear or confusion. I’ve even been the recipient of a group hug! Children just get it, it’s as simple as that.”
That guy shouldn’t be teaching children.
— John Hawkins (@johnhawkinsrwn) April 10, 2022
“This is a video from an Identity Share I did yesterday over Zoom with many of our kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students. When I opened up my classroom’s Zoom room immediately after, here are some things my students said,” he noted.
“Great job, Mr. Skyer!”
“I think my family is a lot like yours!”
“How did you grow a beard?” (My answer was just that I grew up!)
“Where are you in those pictures?”
“Your brother is taller than you AND has a bigger beard!” (Thanks, friend.)
“Who is the homework leader for today??”
He ended the post by saying, “Learning about and embracing differences is something that comes naturally and is exciting to children. Let’s follow their lead. Feel free to share!”
Many out there think this is way out of line, especially when it comes to exposing little kids to an adult topic such as transgenderism:
Ok. This one got me. The doctor makes a “guess”? This is what we are teaching children?
— Kim Dukart (@notmeanjustloud) April 10, 2022
This INSANITY must STOP!
Children are being indoctrinated and brainwashed in our Educational Institutions…
We need #CamerasInTheClassrooms
— ❌President-Elect🍊Marlene❌ (@FLproud) April 11, 2022
Very, very good point! I grew up on a dairy farm and cattle ranch, and my dad also had a career of artificial insemination of cows. I grew up knowing the absolute distinction between male and female. It’s obvious. “Guessing” doesn’t work for animals or HUMANS.
— And2932 (@And2932) April 10, 2022
I was assured that shit like that never actually happens
— Bill Brokob (@billbrokob) April 10, 2022
Why?! Just why. No one needs to know what you think makes you “special” in this way. Get out of teaching. Go share your special story at a bar or gym. Leave kids alone. This is out of line with what a teacher should be talking about.
— Cindy Neri (@cindy_neri) April 10, 2022
Why? Why the need to tell 4 year olds about your personal life? None of my teachers in all the years of school ever said anything about their personal lives…so why now?
— Bill Carlson (@Billycee) April 10, 2022
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