The purple penguin has left the building. Purple penguin: That’s the term that the Lincoln (Nebr.) Public Schools had resolved earlier this month to use for all students, regardless (in spite?) of the plumbing nature gave them. The administration had implemented the use of handouts like “The Genderbread Person,” which eschewed tiresome, politically incorrect, and incomplete designations like “boy” and “girl.”
But the idea didn’t sit well with parents, and now the school has agreed to discontinue the use of the controversial handouts. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that 16 people came to the podium at a school board meeting Tuesday to express their displeasure with the materials. One parent, Adam Criswell, claimed that “social advocacy groups are being listened to, but parents are not.”
Superintendent Steve Joel, who had earlier intimated that he was “pleased” and “happy” with the handouts, read a statement, noting:
We need to make sure our resources are appropriate, purposeful and clear. These documents were not. I’ve directed them to be removed from our schools.
At the same time, he assured fellow progressives that the district will continue to strive to gain an understanding of students from diverse backgrounds so teachers can accommodate the needs of all students.
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