AUSTIN, Texas (LifeSiteNews) — An Austin, Texas school teacher said that of the 32 fourth-grade students in her class, 20 have “come out” to her as “LGBTQIA+,” according to a leaked internal school message.
The claim reportedly came from a teacher at the Austin Independent School District (ISD)’s Blackshear Elementary School, according to the Daily Caller, which originally obtained the internal messages from the “Libs of Tik Tok” Twitter account.
The teacher’s revelation came as part of a complaint that Blackshear Elementary School principal Rick Garner referred to the morning’s Pride Parade — an ISD-wide celebration of LGBTQ sexuality and gender — as a “wellness walk.”
“I feel that it is inappropriate to call our parade this morning a ‘Wellness Walk’ at all. While I understand that Wellness Walk is something that was previously in motion to promote health and fitness and is something we want to continue, it really takes away from the experience of celebrating Pride to couple the two,” wrote the teacher, who has not been publicly identified.
“The first Pride was a riot,” wrote the teacher, apparently referencing the Stonewall Riots that inspired the first gay pride parades. “It is not enough to just ‘welcome,’ ‘love,’ and ‘celebrate’ Queer folx. Your allyship should always lead you to activism — speaking up and fighting for what is right, even when it feels uncomfortable,” the teacher continued.
She went on to write, “Out of the 32 students that I teach, 20 of them are LGBTQIA+ and have come out to me. I feel that we need to do better — for them. To affirm our students, I think it would be only appropriate and right to publicly announce what we had this morning was a PRIDE Parade. Our students are aware and are paying attention.”
Garner responded to the teacher’s concern in an email provided to the Daily Caller, attempting to explain his use of the term “Wellness Walk.”
“Thank you for participating in our Pride Parade this morning,” the email reads. “It was never my intention to confuse the staff or students by calling our Pride Parade a wellness walk. Our objective was to celebrate differences and promote inclusivity.”
One Twitter commentator expressed concern that this teacher’s students will suffer for years to come from confusion about their sexual orientation or gender identity: “All of the poor kids will now need counseling and will spend their middle school years more confused than ever. As a parent, I would be LIVID. I hope parents sue and have the teacher fired.”
A Newsweek report from October 2021 claimed that nearly 40 percent of U.S. young adults ages 18-24 identify as LGBTQ, as compared with 30 percent of Millennials, which was in turn “more than three times” the amount who self-identified as LGBTQ in the rest of the adult population.
If the Austin elementary school teacher is correct, then 62.5 percent of her students are “LGBTQIA+.”
ISD was under fire last week after guidelines for “PRIDE Community Circles” issued by Doss Elementary School were leaked, showing students as young as four years old were instructed to keep their LGBT class discussions confidential.
LifeSiteNews reached out to Garner for comment, but has not received a response.