Cross-Dressing Elementary School Employee Puts Parents in Awkward Spot

Ridgecrest, CA – A parent of two young girls was caught off guard recently when her daughters came home from school with questions about a man dressed like a woman on duty in the school cafeteria. The parent was further chagrined when officials in the Sierra Sands Unified School District confirmed the story but insisted their hands were tied.

What continues to floor the parent, Phyllis Fernandez, whose daughters attend kindergarten and third grade at Faller Elementary School, is that the employee’s attire would not be permissible for students. The employee, a substitute lunch duty worker, was wearing makeup and a spaghetti strap shirt, with his bra straps visible to students. District dress code policies for students ban both spaghetti straps and visible undergarments.

“I shouldn’t have to be explaining to my five and eight year old girls why a man at their school is wearing a bra,” said Mrs. Fernandez. “The school believes they have to give special treatment to this inpidual because of his chosen gender expression, but the learning environment is suffering.”

Attorneys at the Pacific Justice Institute, who are advising Mrs. Fernandez, noted that these types of frustrations are fueling a groundswell of support to repeal SB 48, which would require California schools to promote transgender, bisexual and homosexual historical figures. “Parents are fed up with schools being manipulated by politicians and special interest groups to push an extreme social agenda,” said PJI President Brad Dacus. He added, “Behavior like cross-dressing disrupts the educational environment, and parents have a right to be concerned for their children.”

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