A Hamilton County school librarian recently attempted to expose students attending Alpine Crest Elementary School to children’s literature with roots in queer and gender studies.
The librarian sent a note home with the K-2 students to let parents know the details of what was labeled a Mother’s Day lesson and give them the opportunity to opt-out for their child.
“As a librarian, it is my responsibility to introduce students to a variety of texts and genres,” the note read, “With Mother’s Day approaching, I’d like to highlight this special role, but I am sensitive to the fact that not all students live with a mother. As such, I’m planning a lesson that celebrates those who fill the motherly roles in our lives.”
The note went on to acknowledge that the lesson could bring up “big feelings” leading to sensitive conversations at home and stated that if parents would like to have their student opt out of the lesson, an alternative assignment and location would be arranged.