At least two families have pulled their children out of a Pennsylvania middle school due to its “‘woke’ agenda,” citing how, among numerous things, children are not allowed to wear the American flag, but “boys were encouraged to wear dresses” at the school’s Gay Pride Month celebrations.
“The last thing I wanted to do was to transfer my son for his 8th-grade year, but enough is enough,” parent Jim Jacobs told the Delaware Valley Journal about his decision to transfer his son out of Stetson Middle School, located in West Chester, Penn.
“At Stetson, there is no freedom of speech but freedom of ‘woke’ speech. The tolerance promoted by Diversity/Equity/Inclusion is not practiced towards those who have disagreements with or dare to question the ‘woke’ agenda,” Jacobs said. His brother also decided to transfer his children out of the West Chester Area School District into private Catholic schools due to concerns over cultural indoctrination.
During Gay Pride Month in June, Jacobs’ son was disciplined for wearing Uggs that officials said were slippers, despite the fact that the student wore the Uggs before without a problem.
“So my son gets disciplined for wearing Uggs (which are said to not adhere to the dress code), but boys are encouraged to wear dresses and male teachers can teach in stilettoes! Really?” Jacobs said. “I called Assistant Principal (James) DeWitt to ask if that was true. He verified it and told me that ‘boys dressing as girls and a male teacher wearing high heels is perfectly acceptable and not in violation of the dress code.'”
The assistant principal also defended a specific male teacher’s choice of footwear, although the instructor is not named by the Delaware Valley Journal.
“This teacher has worn high heels on multiple occasions and that if the teacher is comfortable wearing them, then the school supports him,” DeWitt reportedly said.
“My son told me that the same teacher who wears high heels would wave the gay pride flag and march it through the cafeteria at lunch and that this was completely accepted and encouraged,” Jacobs noted, asking, “How are these not clear-cut examples of indoctrination and the promotion of a specific social agenda?”
The school reportedly went as far as stopping students from wearing patriotic and pro-police clothing.
“…A gay student opposed the American flags being worn, so Mrs. Heather Selgrath, the 8th-grade counselor, told students who were wearing American flags and Blue Lives Matter flags (my son) that they had to take them off and put them away in their lockers,” Jacobs said.
“It’s selective enforcement of the dress code,” he observed. “It’s ridiculous.”
Jacobs’ 12-year-old niece did a book report for school this semester, but she was only allowed to do a story on a black or transgender person, he said.
“This is unbelievable, crazy stuff,” Jacobs said about the school’s focus on LGBT+ topics. “It’s not enough to be gay. You have to be flamboyantly gay.”
A spokesperson for the school did not respond to Delaware Valley Journal’s request for comment.