What continues to floor the parent, Phyllis Fernandez, whose daughters attend kindergarten and third grade at Faller Elementary School, is that the employee’s attire would not be permissible for students. The employee, a substitute lunch duty worker, was wearing makeup and a spaghetti strap shirt, with his bra straps visible to students. District dress code policies for students ban both spaghetti straps and visible undergarments.
“I shouldn’t have to be explaining to my five and eight year old girls why a man at their school is wearing a bra,” said Mrs. Fernandez. “The school believes they have to give special treatment to this individual because of his chosen gender expression, but the learning environment is suffering.”
Attorneys at the Pacific Justice Institute, who are advising Mrs. Fernandez, noted that these types of frustrations are fueling a groundswell of support to repeal SB 48, which would require California schools to promote transgender, bisexual and homosexual historical figures. “Parents are fed up with schools being manipulated by politicians and special interest groups to push an extreme social agenda,” said PJI President Brad Dacus. He added, “Behavior like cross-dressing disrupts the educational environment, and parents have a right to be concerned for their children.”
Signature gathering for the SB 48 referendum is entering the final stage and will wrap up at the end of this month. To find out more, visit www.StopSB48.com or www.pji.org.