A North Carolina preschool teacher reportedly used LGBTQ+ flashcards to teach children about colors, Fox News has reported. One of the cards, according to the report, included a photo of a pregnant man.
What are the details?
North Carolina Speaker of the House Tim Moore (R) published the findings on his website, where he wrote that the flashcards appeared at Ballentine Elementary School in Wake County, North Carolina.
Republican State Rep. Erin Paré — who said she received a photo of the flashcards from one of her constituents — blasted the move, and said that public schools should only be using “age-appropriate materials.”
“[T]hese flashcards clearly do not meet that standard for a pre-school classroom,” Paré insisted.
According to the report, Paré reached out to the school to determine the photos’ authenticity and learned that the principal would take “swift action” in investigating their origin. Upon investigation, Moore’s website pointed out, the administrator located the flashcards inside the unnamed teacher’s classroom.
“The principal confirmed that the flashcards were not part of approved curriculum and that she was unaware that they were being used,” Moore’s website added. “The principal immediately took possession of the cards, contacted the WCPSS area superintendent, and engaged human resources. The principal expressed appreciation for the constituent’s information via Rep. Paré, as she would not have known about the flashcards otherwise.”
— Speaker Tim Moore (@Speaker Tim Moore)
In a further statement on the incident, Paré said, “I am grateful that a concerned constituent reached out and that this issue is being addressed in a swift and professional manner by Ballentine Elementary School.”
“Schools should only be using age-appropriate materials, and these flashcards clearly do not meet that standard for a pre-school classroom. I hope schools across Wake County and the State of North Carolina will follow the example of Ballentine and respond swiftly when a parent expresses concern and ensure that materials like this are not being used to teach young students,” she added.