COLUMBIA, Missouri (LifeSiteNews) — A Missouri school district is facing fire for exposing kids to a drag show as part of a sanctioned field trip to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.
But the district stands by its decision, reflecting the ongoing battle between conservatives who want to protect kids from being sexualized and public schools that want to push an inappropriate, LGBT agenda on young children.
“On Jan. 19, 30 [Columbia Public Schools] middle schoolers took a field trip to the Columbia Values Diversity Celebration breakfast, according to the school district,” KOMU.com, a local news station, reported.
Superintendent Brian Yearwood admitted that the district did not properly look into the content, but stood by its decision to bring children there. He also claimed that the school district “cannot expect to have complete information” about what will attend at events they preplan to attend, even though the district could of course inquire ahead of time.
District officials were “unaware what the performance by NClusion+ [the drag show group] would entail,” Yearwood wrote. But he stood by his decision to use taxpayer dollars to transport children to a drag show by referencing MLK. He said the event was definitely not of a “sexual nature” and called such accusations and used the favored buzzword of “misinformation” to push back on criticism of exposing kids to a drag show.
There are countless reasons to conclude modern sex-education is less about critical thinking and more about indoctrinating and sexualizing children at as young an age as possible.
Consider these 3 questions:
- Why are politicians around the world pushing radical transgender theories on children as young as 5?
- Why is the World Health Organization calling for 4 year-olds to be taught how to masturbate?
- Why are children in schools being shown graphic images of sex and told anything goes so long as consent is established, if not to encourage our sons and daughters to become sexually active?
A sane society would try to shield impressionable children from becoming sexualized, and encourage them not to watch pornography, take puberty blockers or mutilate their genitalia, but our schools increasingly promote these behaviors.
In reality, the media, most politicians, and many education chiefs are obliterating a parent's ability to protect their child's innocence and identity.
We must realize: these elites want children to have THEIR values, not YOURS. SIGN THE PLEDGE!
The results of this explicit, inappropriate sex-saturated culture and education have been startling: there have never been more children claiming to be transgender, gay, lesbian and bisexual, nor have we ever seen such high levels of sexual assaults by minors.
BREAKING: Loudoun County father who was dragged out of woke school board meeting reveals his daughter was 'raped' in the girls' bathroom by a 'skirt-wearing' male student who was arrested for assaulting a SECOND girl months later - but staff did nothinghttps://t.co/awoZcVQx3l— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) October 12, 2021
This nut could end up being your child’s teacher and you wouldn’t even find out the craziness they’re teaching until your kid tells you about it. If you aren’t disturbed after watching this, you’re a lunatic. School choice is the civil rights issue of our generation. pic.twitter.com/y1V3Rotx9k— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) August 17, 2021
Countless politicians, media personalities and education chiefs are too busy promoting woke trends to realize that sexualizing minors amounts to grooming, and has devastating consequences in many cases.
Children whose inhibitions are broken down risk addiction to pornography, teenage pregnancy, STDs, gender dysphoria, online shaming, and a whole host of other negative outcomes.
Parents, not the government, must be in control of what their child is taught about sex.
Just listen to the type of materials public schools in the U.S. are promoting:
That's why we are asking you to sign the Parents' Pledge that you will pull your children out of sex-education classes if your school chooses to sexualize your child.
The Parents' Pledge is our best chance of winning back our children's schools before they're entirely lost to radical sex-obsessed teachers' unions who are foisting these curricula on teachers.
Do you really want other adults deciding what your child is exposed to? Of course not.
Please share this brand new grassroots Parents' Pledge with like-minded parents and join a growing movement of mothers and fathers who are wise to the threat of their child being led into sexual activity.
Most teachers are disturbed by their unions' push to sexualize children
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Given the purpose of the breakfast and the distortions that followed, I think it is appropriate to conclude in the same place where this began. In 1947, Dr. King wrote an essay titled “The Purpose of Education,” which included the following thought: “Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal and the facts from the fiction.”
This is an apparent attempt to place the district’s decision to allow kids to attend a drag show on par with the civil rights legacy of MLK.
The decision to expose kids to sexualized content drew criticism from state leaders.
“I am calling for the resignation or termination of any school official that knew that the drag show was going to be part of the event and willfully took children to the event,” Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey said on January 23 in response to the controversy. “They need to resign or be terminated immediately.”
“This is shameful behavior, this is nothing short of deplorable,” Bailey said. “Don’t let them hide behind the shroud, the cloak, the deception of ‘diversity’ because the issue is about protecting children.”
We are deeply concerned about reports that Columbia middle school students were subjected to adult performers during what is historically a MLK Day celebration. This is unacceptable.
— Governor Mike Parson (@GovParsonMO) January 20, 2023
Governor Mike Parsons also criticized the school district, which prompted the letter from Superintendent Yearwood.
“We are deeply concerned about reports that Columbia middle school students were subjected to adult performers during what is historically a MLK Day celebration. This is unacceptable,” he tweeted on Friday, January 20.
“Parents weren’t clearly informed of the contents of the program, and adult performances are not diversity,” he wrote. “Columbia Public Schools should focus on educational experiences that prioritize math, reading, writing, science, and history, which parents expect and demand for their kids.”
Public schools have faced criticism before for their role in grooming children.