Parents Speak Up Against Moms for Liberty, Defend School Librarians
Here are a few great talking points they used to tell their school board that bullying school librarians is unacceptable.
Chattanooga-area parents challenged their school board and superintendent for caving to Moms For Liberty-led bullying and canceling a school librarian's Mother's Day lesson inclusive to diverse families. Parents spoke against the fact that "a platform was given to a group of fear-mongering extremists" at the expense of an educator. Here's what they said. Many thanks to The Tennessee Holler for sharing footage.
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Parents called into question the motives of Moms For Liberty and other groups who bully and intimidate. One parent said, "The only agenda I'm seeing play out is that of Moms For Liberty, a well-funded and connected political group that preys on vulnerable people with manufactured outrage in the guise of protecting children. I am here right now to protect my children from them. I'd have to strongly disagree that this group cares about the safety of all kids." "They say that [the contents of books] is sexualizing children when they're the only ones who brought sex into it." She said, "By shielding your kids from love that looks different than yours, you're turning them into bullies and crippling them from living successfully in a diverse world."
📚🔥🗣️WATCH: Instead of backing Mrs. Mickey, you let the bullies win.”— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) May 15, 2023
Chattanooga-area Parents rip @hamcoschools & superintendent Justin Robertson for caving to Moms (Against) Liberty-led bullying and canceling a librarian’s Mother’s Day lesson inclusive to kids without moms. pic.twitter.com/5Gf3nM4CB5
Parents were furious at the school administration's failure to support their educators. One parent said, "Educators deserve to be respected and feel valued. I'm extremely disappointed in the way an inclusive Mother's Day lesson was canceled, and my kids' librarian has been vilified." Another parent cautioned, "You let the bullies win. When you let the bullies win, they're going to keep bullying."
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Parents voiced their support for the canceled lesson. "The cancellation of a compassionate literacy lesson sends a message to minorities and LGBTQ families that their existence is unacceptable." One father said, "I'm a Christian man married to a woman, but I think everyone should be represented fairly." Another parent asked, "What about my rights? Why wasn't my voice heard before you decided to cancel this lesson?"
Another parent closed this way, "Alpine Crest students learn, don't be a bystander, be an upstander. And support and protect your peers against bullying. I think HCS leadership and admin would benefit from learning that lesson. Let's hope you don't decide to cancel that one too."