Undermining Parents, Idaho School Secretly Recruits Children for Gay-Straight Alliance Meetings

A student with gender dysphoria was secretly brought to club meetings by the faculty without parental knowledge or approval.

By Rachel Alexander Published on March 31, 2017

“We’re keeping it kind of on the down low because this is North Idaho,” school principal Mary Jensen said. In a recording obtained by Liberty Counsel, she admitted, “Kids who wanted to participate in the club did not necessarily want their parents to know.”

Faculty at Forrest M. Bird Charter School in Sandpoint, Idaho, secretly recruited students to join the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance. They started the group with help from local LGBT activists. Some of the secret meetings weren’t even held at the school.

Legal Violations

Two parents learned about the meetings when their child forgot lunch. The mother took lunch to the school and found her child at the meeting. They objected. Their child, “Student Doe,” has high-functioning autism and gender dysphoria. The school ignored their request.

In response, Liberty Counsel sent the school a letter, listing several ways the school had violated the law. The school refused to back down, so the parents withdrew their child from the school.

“It is outrageous that this school would intentionally undermine parental rights in this manner,” said Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver. “Parents have the fundamental right to know about and direct the activities and associations of their minor children.”

The school had no right to start the club, he said. It was “inappropriate” for school employees to lead and recruit for the GSA in their official roles. He argued that the school violated the state’s Code of Ethics for teachers. The code prohibits “using institutional privileges … for the promotion of political activities.”

The school defiantly asserted that it “will not comply with [the] demand” for its teachers to be present in a supervisory, rather than activist, capacity.

The school posted statement on its website claiming it did not violate the law. According to a Liberty Counsel lawyer, the school defiantly asserted in a letter responding to the legal aid group. The school said it “will not comply with [the] demand” for its teachers to be present in a supervisory, rather than activist, capacity.” The school did say it will refrain from recruiting more students. However, it refuses to divulge the names of current student members to their parents. Liberty Counsel and its clients are looking at legal action.

Liberty Counsel: Contact the school board

1) All student clubs must have written parent permission.
2) Non-curricular “student-led clubs” must be “student-led.”
3) Any attendance by school personnel is in their official capacity for supervisory purposes only.

The school believes it is helping kids by teaching them that identifying as transgender has no harmful effects. But according to the National Institutes of Health, as many as 94 percent of students questioning their gender identify with their biological gender by 18.

Liberty Counsel urges parents to contact the school’s board of directors. Parents should demand that the school board respect parental rights. The school staff who violated the Idaho Teacher Code of Ethics should be reprimanded. Parents have a fundamental right to direct the activities of their minor children.

According to the National Institutes of Health, as many as 94 percent of students questioning their gender identify with their biological gender by 18.

The school’s parent/student handbook requires a permission slip for field trips. Anyone other than a parent who picks up a child must have a note. But the school does not require a note for a child to get LGBT propaganda

Jensen admitted on the recording that the faculty started the club. “The adults … we spent months trying to do this thing.”

Jensen was recorded admitting, “We decided not to do activism at first, because that’s a big step.” She went on, “Once they get the club going, the next step is to start community events —probably next year.”

Print Friendly
Comments ()
The Stream encourages comments, whether in agreement with the article or not. However, comments that violate our commenting rules or terms of use will be removed. Any commenter who repeatedly violates these rules and terms of use will be blocked from commenting. Comments on The Stream are hosted by Disqus, with logins available through Disqus, Facebook, Twitter or G+ accounts. You must log in to comment. Please flag any comments you see breaking the rules. More detail is available here.
  • ImaginaryDomain

    It’s what the gay agenda has wanted all along – unfettered access to our children.

    Below are two of the central demands put forth by homosexual activists in their “1972 Gay Rights Platform”:

    “Repeal all laws governing the age of sexual consent.” (This should send a chill down the spine of any parent. It would
    legally allow pedophiles, and homosexuals who were so inclined, to access your children and teens for their own predatory sexual gratification — so long as those children “consented” to having sex.)

    “Repeal all legislative provisions that restrict the sex or number of persons entering into a marriage unit.” (Now that marriage is redefined, there can be no logical or ethical objection to any conceivable “marriage” combination, including polygamous
    “marriages.” By watering down marriage, “gay” activists and like-minded politicos [usually activist judges] remove this foundational institution’s intrinsic value.)

    • Johndoe

      Show me where anyone other than pedophiles are garnering to lower the age of consent. Love the citation from 1972. Anything of the sort that is current? I am a parent of two daughters and a citation from a 1972 book means nothing.

      I don’t know about you but my marriage of 18 yrs hasn’t been watered down or affected in the least. I haven’t been able to find a single person who can tell me that their marriage has been affected.

      I also love the nonsensical activist judge nonsense. They only become activists when they don’t rule in your favor.

      • Gary

        You are as much a pervert as any homosexual because you accept and promote homosexuality. Your daughters are very unfortunate to have you as their parent.

      • Gary

        Would you object if your daughters became homosexuals?

        • Johndoe

          They either are or they aren’t. It matters not with the exception of them having to deal with your kind. I only want them to be happy in life.

          • Gary

            It isn’t just me, or people like me that pose your biggest problem. God is your biggest problem. I expect it will be the same for your daughters. It is likely they will end up like you.

          • Johndoe

            Since my family is atheist with the exception of my wife, it isn’t a worry.

          • Gary

            I knew I had an advantage in intelligence over you.

          • Johndoe

            Nope. You believe in magic and I believe in and am trained in science. Too funny!

          • Gary

            Trained in science? That should mean you are good at understanding reality. But in your case, it doesn’t. But, reality is coming your way. It will arrive sooner than you think, and stay longer than you hope.

          • Johndoe

            Nope

          • SophieA

            Science is so much fashion historically notorious for underpinning the truth with their so called scientific facts (read lies). At best physicians and researchers are nothing more than trained apes with tools.

          • Johndoe

            LOL! I guess you’ve never needed a doctor or if you did would refuse their services??

          • Eagle

            You have been Deceived. God have mercy on you and your poor children.

          • Johndoe

            No thanks

          • Wayne Cook

            I seriously doubt you care about their happiness. But happiness isn’t a result of rights or nonexistence. Happiness is a personal choice, not a schema of regulations to stop one action or another. Life isn’t fair. Get used to it.

          • Johndoe

            You know nothing of me. My daughters are my life and their happiness is of utmost importance to me and my wife.

          • Timothy Horton

            Society can and does pass laws to prevent unfair discrimination and the denial of equal rights. Get used to it.

      • Autrey Windle

        1972 wasn’t long ago, but those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it…but then you and your kind know that. Feigning ignorance is extremely unattractive in a grown person with children of their own to set an example for. But you know that too! What you don’t know is how transparent your agenda is or maybe you just don’t care, like Kirk and Madsen; the radical idiots that gave you your marching orders.

        • Johndoe

          My kind? What exactly is my kind? I’m a straight white male married 18 yrs with two daughters. I have no marching orders. Why is it so hard to understand that a heterosexuals could and does advocate for equality for all men and women? Thanks for reposting christian talking points on homosexuality

          • Wayne Cook

            It isn’t equality, but special treatment, not based individual rights but comparing sub groups for different treatment, ie, recognition of their right to access…she’s right, Your kind indeed.

          • Johndoe

            LOL! Thankful that I’m not your kind.

          • Timothy Horton

            Oh, like the interracial couples who in the 60’s petitioned for the right to marry were just a sub group looking for special treatment, right? The bigots around here are unbelievable in the excuses they come up with.

      • ImaginaryDomain

        Societal studies are based on the “on average and for the most part” principles. So, while an individual marriage may not be affected, my concern is for the destruction of marriage on society as a whole. The destruction of the marriage institution leaves us all weaker, particularly children. And there is no doubt the gay agenda seeks to destroy traditional marriage:

        Noted homosexual activist and pornographer Clinton Fein addressed the “gay” agenda in a 2005 article candidly titled, “The Gay Agenda”:

        On “same-sex marriage”: “Demand the institution and then wreck it. James Dobson was right about our evil intentions. We just plan to be quicker than he thought.”

        On “gays” in the Church: “Reclaim Jesus. He was a Jewish queer to begin with, and don’t let anyone forget it.”

        It is not just the gay agenda that seeks to destroy traditional marriage. Much of that has already been done through no-fault divorce laws and the subsequent rise in the divorce rate. This disaster falls squarely on heterosexuals, mostly rich white men in the 1950s, who had the money and influence to change traditional marriage laws from a life-long contractual bond, to a no-fault “contract” that can be entered into, and exited from, with little judicial oversight. The “gay” agenda is putting the nail in the coffin to traditional marriage by trying to destroying the last safe haven for traditional marriage: the church.

        • Johndoe

          Nonsense. Nobody is trying to destroy the church or marriage. I have a traditional marriage. Two men or women getting married is not going to lead to the overall destruction or weakening of the institution of marriage. How could homosexuals possibly destroy marriage or the church for that matter? Your post is pure histrionics.

          • Wayne Cook

            My god you are naive. I have witnessed that which you claim isn’t happening, personally. Living in denial is one step from spiritual insanity.

          • Johndoe

            Opinions vary. None of what you claim to have seen is happening in our society. You’re just parroting what you’ve read on the internet. Too funny!

          • ImaginaryDomain

            Not histrionics. Reality. Here’s an example. 1/13/23 New Jersey: A New Jersey judge ruled against a Christian retreat house that refused
            to allow a same-sex civil union ceremony to be conducted on its
            premises, ruling the Constitution allows “some intrusion into religious
            freedom to balance other important societal goals.”

          • Timothy Horton

            Gee, a judge ruled against bigotry and discrimination in favor of equal civil rights. I bet that makes you homophobic bigots cry yourselves to sleep at night.

          • orca

            timothy is a paid gay rights troll why are you even responding to him it is his job to argue to destroy America

          • Johndoe

            Was the retreat open for business to the public?

          • Timothy Horton

            Yep. It’s an open air pavilion that the Methodist Church owners had rented out numerous times for other wedding ceremonies and other celebrations, including non-Christian ones. This was a simple case of a violation of NJ’s anti-discrimination law.

          • Johndoe

            As I thought. Thanks.

          • orca

            timothy is a paid gay rights troll why are you even responding to him it is his job to argue to destroy America, 1601 posts and only 901 up votes tells it all

          • Julie Kasenow

            I dont know any churches that arent open to the public for business. Their job is to preach the word of God in any manner they choose – whether it is a coffee shop or gift shop on site, or as a wedding venue, whether they open hospitals, feed the homeless, open a school, or charter an organization.

          • Timothy Horton

            The problem is when a church runs a secular open to the public business they voluntarily agree to follow all relevant secular laws including anti-discrimination laws. They can’t come back later and say sorry, we changed our mind we want to ignore anti-discrimination laws.

            It would be like they entered a team in the city-wide baseball league, then demanded after being accepted their team be given 4 outs per inning and that the opposing team’s home runs won’t count.

        • Timothy Horton

          ImaginaryDomain is the kind of tool who would post excerpts from the 1968 Black Panther Manifesto and claim it represents the thinking of all Black Americans today. Then he’d demand because of the excerpts those same Black Americans don’t deserve equal civil rights.

          • ImaginaryDomain

            This is your response? First you insult me and then try to flip this discussion from the general to the specific. Are you really this childish? You run around here claiming some sort of science wizard, but all we see out of you is an angry little man. Whenever you’re challenged in a polite debate you hurl insults and change the subject. Get lost.

          • Timothy Horton

            You’re the A-hole who claimed the gay agenda is to recruit and molest children, and the gay agenda is to destroy traditional marriage. You call that “polite debate”? You seem to be the angry and ignorant bigot. No, I won’t get lost. I’ll stand up to you intolerant lying homophobes every chance I get.

          • ImaginaryDomain

            Yep, again right on cue. You’ve lost the argument and all you can come up with is name calling and insults. Very childish. But we’re on to you chickenhawks, and we will call you out and expose the truth every chance we get.

          • Timothy Horton

            Right on cue you respond to being called on your ignorance and bigotry with childish denial and insults. You intolerant bigots are on the way out, and you know it.

          • orca

            timothy is a paid gay rights troll why are you even responding to him it is his job to argue to destroy America look at his rating 1601 posts with only 601 up votes tell everything most do not agree with him the only reason then to post is he is a troll

          • orca

            timothy is a paid gay rights troll why are you even responding to him it
            is his job to argue to destroy America look at his rating 1601 posts
            with only 601 up votes tell everything most do not agree with him the
            only reason then to post is he is a paid troll

          • Timothy Horton

            LOL! Gee I know one intolerant Fundy who is sure upset he’s being shown facts and evidence he can’t just hand wave away. Instead of being such a coward why don’t you try refuting the arguments presented? Too much work for your little Fundy brain?

          • Eagle

            Sorry but ID is absolutely right. The truth hurts the homosexual agenda. That’s why you people work so hard to suppress it.

          • Johndoe

            Agreed

  • ImaginaryDomain

    And I highly recommend a google search for After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the 90’s (1989, Doubleday/Bantam). In this manuscript Harvard educated marketing experts Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen meticulously laid out the homosexual lobby’s blueprint for success in what is widely regarded as the handbook for the “gay” agenda. They devised a three-pronged approach that the homosexual lobby has masterfully implemented in subsequent years: Desensitization, Jamming and Conversion.

    What has come to pass in our culture is perfectly laid out in this manuscript. Society has been duped by a marketing ploy…

    • Eagle

      Amen. Spread the word. More people need to know about the homosexual master plan agenda.

  • Gary

    This is what happens when liberals run things. Every liberal is a pervert. Every homosexual is a liberal. Every liberal who is a heterosexual accepts and promotes homosexuality, which makes them as much a pervert as homosexuals are. It is up to the parents of the children in this school to put a stop to this. Stopping it will require removing the teachers and administrators who are responsible. They will have to be fired. If that is not done, then this will not be stopped.

    • Julie Kasenow

      For the life of me, I don’t understand why parents put their kids in public school.

  • Josh Shapiro

    Rachel, have you asked forgiveness for your hedonistic lifestyle?

  • ImaginaryDomain

    Oh cool…I just blocked these drive by trolls…what an awesome feature…

    • Timothy Horton

      That’s OK. Everyone else can still the refutations of your bogus anti-gay claims and outright lies you’ve been pushing. 🙂

      • orca

        everyone can see, timothy is a paid gay rights troll why are you even responding to him it
        is his job to argue to destroy America look at his rating 1601 posts
        with only 601 up votes tell everything most do not agree with him the
        only reason then to post is he is a paid troll

        • Timothy Horton

          BIG LOL! Now it’s my job to “destroy America” by arguing for equal civil rights for minorities. 😀

          I don’t expect a forum dominated by intolerant religious Fundies to up vote me for pointing out the flaws and hypocrisy in their gay-bashing arguments. Why would you?

    • Autrey Windle

      I figured that out a few days ago and now I can actually read a viable discussion by actual thinking people. It’s very refreshing!

    • Johndoe

      Cowardly at best. Can’t handle simple debate.

Inspiration
A Generous Season
James Randall Robison
More from The Stream
Connect with Us