A Canadian couple is suing a school board after they claim a teacher taught their daughter that “there’s no such things as boys and girls.”
In January 2018, elementary school teacher Janine Blouin allegedly told her class that “girls are not real, and boys are not real.” The comments came after Blouin drew a gender spectrum on the whiteboard and asked the students to show where they identify. A six-year-old girl, the daughter of the suing parents, said she identifies as a girl, which prompted the comments from Blouin.
The student’s parents, Pamela and Jason Buffone, say that the dialogue severely confused their daughter:
“At the age of six, she was just figuring out that animals are divided into boys and girls; when she met a new dog on the street, for example, she would ask ‘is it a boy or a girl?'” said Pamela Buffone. “So she was very confused by what her teacher was saying and was struggling to understand what it meant for her as a girl.”
Here is a video the teacher showed to the class of first-graders, titled “He, She, and They?!? – Gender: Queer Kid Stuff #2”:
The Buffones met with school officials to express their concerns but were met with resistance.
“I was astonished that this was such a one-way conversation and they did everything they could to dismiss our concerns and get us to fall in line with this kind of instruction,” the girl’s mother said. “It’s extremely concerning to me that people in positions of authority who are supposed to be looking out for the welfare of all children have zero interest in understanding the impact of their lessons on very young children.”
No date has been set yet for a hearing. The parents have since transferred their daughter to another school.