Parents Outraged as School Turns into LGBTQI+ Pride Indoctrination Camp
Parents are appalled after seeing videos that went viral from last Thursday at St. Matthew’s School in Newfoundland, Canada, which show adults dressed in rainbow-colored LGBTQI+ Pride costumes welcoming children. The kindergarten through seventh grade school was decorated with Pride decorations and students were greeted with “Happy Pride Day!” while waving trans-inclusive Pride flags.
Formerly a Catholic school, St. Matthew’s became part of Newfoundland’s public school system in 1998, and in 2013, its Christian cross was removed due to a parent’s complaint. On June 1, the school announced on its Twitter account the celebration of a rainbow-themed Pride Month event called Silly Squad. This event kickstarted a series of tweets featuring photos and videos of teachers and staff dressed in rainbow attire, posing in group photos, and hosting a dance party complete with a drag queen.
These images and videos sparked outrage among parents and those who oppose such displays in an educational setting. The St. Matthew’s School Twitter account has since been locked, but the damage has been done. Many parents are left feeling betrayed and concerned about the impact of these events on their children’s education.
As a result of this controversy, many parents and critics are calling for a reexamination of public schools and the ideology they promote. The question is, do schools have a responsibility to teach students about the LGBTQI+ community, and if so, where is the line drawn between education and indoctrination?