LGBTQ Updates

Update: Response From The District

Our voices have been heard.

On Thursday I received a call from Spartanburg District 7. We spoke for quite some time, and I will say after the conversation I am satisfied the district has the best interests of our children at heart. The episode seems to be a case of poor oversight and confusing communication that, when combined with such a sensitive topic, created a recipe for a very messy situation. But the conversation satisfied my questions. Let me explain.

The basis for our petition and creation of the website was one of questioning intent and context of the messages sent to teachers in the district. Teachers were confused by the emails, and naturally as parents the emails seem very confusing. Understanding context can be difficult in email, so I get it. But clearly this was not an issue to be vague about. Here’s some highlights of our conversation.

  • The Office of Diversity & Inclusion regularly sends a monthly mixed bag of information, so the fact LGBTQ+ information was included with Black History Month materials was not meant to be relational. They were strung together in one sentence in the initial email, but I was assured the two were not related.
  • The monthly email contains some things for use in the classroom, and some things that are just for teachers. These other topics are there to help equip teachers with information that may help them deal with students on a variety of issues. The district assured me it was not for classroom use and I feel satisfied this is the case moving forward as well. I was also assured there will be measures in the future to communicate more clearly with the teachers, so that’s good as well.
  • Mr. Stevens’ email was meant to apologize to the teachers and clear up the confusion on lack of context in the initial email from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, that those materials were for teachers only. I do sympathize with Mr. Stevens and the district on this. The topic is a sensitive one to address, and I believe the entire misadventure will lead to better communication moving forward.
  • Had the materials been vetted they most likely would not have been distributed. And I was assured the process for reviewing materials would be improved.

Ultimately, the discussion satisfied my fears and questions and I appreciate them being open to me about what happened. We love District 7, these are the schools we chose for our children! So please share with the other concerned parents and let them know District 7 does have our children’s best interest and focus on learning at heart.

See our original complaint by clicking here.

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Our Petition Gets National Attention

Update: The district has satisfactorily addressed this issue, read the update here.

With this website and just one Facebook post, we have already received over 2,665 views, 100 post shares, countless messages from concerned parents and teachers, and now the attention of some media. And we are just getting started.

We are not alone in our concern for our schools and our children. Alex Newman wrote a column about this petition and spoke about it on the Dr. Duke show. The column and the video interview are worth sharing to your concerned friends, neighbors, and fellow parents.

In the article, he also mentions an upcoming documentary in which “a coalition of prominent black Americans featured in the upcoming film Buck Breaking argue that it is part of a white supremacist plot to destroy black families and reduce the population of blacks.

I also want to mention the next District 7 school board meeting is February 2nd. We need everyone who can to show up, and I hope to be able to deliver a statement to the school board that night.

Please continue sharing and encouraging people to sign the petition!


Why We Started This Petition

Update: The district has satisfactorily addressed this issue, read the update here.

A few days ago I was made aware of some very disturbing teaching materials that were distributed to teachers in Spartanburg School District 7, and were mixed in with “Black History Month 2021.” Those materials had absolutely nothing to do with black history, and were very disturbing to the teachers I spoke to.

All across America I have heard of school districts and states implementing LGBTQ+ education into their regular curriculum. Not sex ed, but history and social studies and as early as second grade. Like most of you, never in my craziest imaginations believe it would come to our school district. But it’s here, and to add insult to injury — they are trying to hide it under the guise of Black History Month.

We have three kids who are or will attend District 7 schools, so for at least the next decade what gets taught in this school district is very important to us.

Unless parents act NOW, we will be like all those other schools across the country who have lost the battle, and LGBTQ+ education will be a regular, normal part of Spartanburg District 7 education curriculum.

The time to act is NOW.

Please, sign the petition on this site and share it with everyone you can!