The scene at Saticoy Elementary School turned violent on Friday as more than 100 protesting parents faced off against LGTBQ+ advocates in North Hollywood.
— Andrew J. Campa (@campadrenews) June 2, 2023
As American Wire News reported, tensions at the California school went into overdrive after someone broke into the school on May 22 and burned the Pride flag of a transgender teacher in protest of an upcoming Pride month assembly during which school administrators plan on talking to the young students about “families with gay parents.”
The act of vandalism is now being investigated as a possible hate crime.
LA elementary school community unsettled by alleged hate crime: ‘Pride’ flag targetedhttps://t.co/Ef5YvV9hoS
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) June 2, 2023
In mid-May, angry parents of Saticoy school children posted on an Instagram account urging people to keep their children home on June 2 “to protest against Pride Day assembly, an inappropriate topic for our kids!”
Comments on the Insta account got so heated that, following the discovery of the burnt flag and the broken pot it was planted in the trans “male” teacher was removed from the school over concerns by the Los Angeles Unified School District for “his” safety.
On the day of the scheduled assembly, sign-holding, flag-waving parents and activists on both sides of the issue descended on the school.
As trans and LGBTQ+ activists “formed a human chain blocking the sidewalk as a group of marchers tried to pass them,” parents against the assembly carried signs that read, “No pride in grooming,” “Parental choice matters” and “Leave our kids alone,” the Los Angeles Times reported.
Police were on hand to try to “facilitate a peaceful and lawful exercise of constitutional rights,” but just before noon, things turned violent.
LAPD is at Saticoy Elementary School this morning. We are here to support our LAUSD partners and facilitate a peaceful and lawful exercise of constitutional rights.
Media staging at Ethel Avenue and Arminta Street. pic.twitter.com/BQKHXFmDsg
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) June 2, 2023
According to The Times, “one marcher threw water at a counterprotester and pulled off a wig.”
“A few unidentified people threw punches, and police diverted the marchers around the line,” according to the outlet. “Officers jumped in to stop the fight, and within minutes, the remaining counterprotesters had left just as riot crews in the Los Angeles Police Department were deployed.”
“It was not clear whether anyone had been injured or arrested,” The Times added.
Meanwhile, inside the school, kids were being read a so-called “child-friendly” book that “speaks about families in our community, of different religions, races, ethnicities.” The book also references households that may “have a mother and a mother,” according to District Supt. Alberto Carvalho.
“I usually understand the background noise, and people pick a political side of that background noise,” Carvalho told The Times. “But when kids become political pawns, that’s where I draw the line.”
According to him, the assembly was “absolutely grade-level appropriate and conforms with standards as published by the state of California.”
Back outside, one parent identified as “Karine” said she was tired “of the propaganda.” Last week, her child brought home rainbow-colored stickers and other items.
“I didn’t come from Armenia for this,” she said. “I came for freedom and for my children to learn about math and education, not about this. I might go back home.”
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