“I don’t care what you identify as, that’s your decision. But no one has the right to ask my child these questions that have absolutely nothing to do with what you are teaching in a classroom.”
(Heather Clark – Christian News Network) Some parents have expressed objection after a middle school teacher in California issued a “gender unicorn” handout to students on the first day of school to explain why he goes by the prefix “Mx.” rather than “Mr.”
Luis Davila Alvarado teaches science at Denair Middle School. Last week, he gave students a worksheet that features an image of a unicorn along with sections such as “gender identity,” gender expression” “sexually attracted to” and “emotionally attracted to.” The document comes from Trans Student Educational Resources.
Superintendent Terry Metzger told The Modesto Bee that Alvarado provided the paper to help students understand why he prefers to be referred to as “Mx.” over “Mr.” — the former being a gender neutral term pronounced as “Mix.”
“He gave a handout discussing gender in first and second periods. It was not an assignment and students were not required or asked to fill it out,” Metzger stated.
However, Alvarado did not obtain prior permission to distribute the handout, and when Principal Amanda Silva saw the content of document as she visited his classroom during second period, she told him to discontinue distribution. Approximately 50 students had received the printout at that point.