4th Grader's LGBTQ Rights Essay Rejected by School as Inappropriate

Rachel Kiley

A South Carolina elementary school is facing a lawsuit after the school’s principal rejected a fourth grader’s LGBTQ essay as “not acceptable.”

Students in the ten-year-old’s class at Anderson Mill Elementary School were asked to write essays “to society,” to be strung together into a book of essays and sent home for parents. The child opted to write about LGBTQ rights, as her grandfather is gay, according to the lawsuit.

The essay read, in part:

“I don’t know if you know this but peoples view on Tran’s genders is an issue. People think that men should not drees like a women, and saying mean things. They think that they are choosing the wrong thing in life. In the world people can choose who they want.”

Principal Elizabeth Foster instructed the girl to write a new essay generically about bullying, so as to not “make other parents upset,” alleges the lawsuit.

The girl’s mother, Hannah Robinson, claims the principal then spoke directly with her and said that it was “not age-appropriate to discuss transgenders, lesbians, and drag queens outside of the home.”

Robinson is suing the district, the school, and the principal, alleging her daughter’s right to free speech has been violated, and that the incident caused emotional distress that left her daughter afraid of her principal.

The district spokeswoman has said that the claims are inaccurate, but that she cannot say more since it is a legal matter.

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