DENAIR, Calif. (CNN) — A California school district is stopping a science teacher from handing out a ‘gender unicorn’ sheet explaining sexual preferences.
Tammy Stout, a Grandmother of a Denair Middle School student, said, “I’ve talked to a lot of parents and a lot of grandparents and I know a lot of them have called the school and complained about it.”
The controversy at Denair Middle School surrounds an informational graphic called the gender unicorn.
The graphic, which can be found on the website for Trans Student Educational Resources, is meant to educate people about gender identity.
It was distributed by a science teacher to roughly 50 students this week on the first day of the school.
Terry Metzger, Denair Unified Superintendent states, “It was not an assignment kids were not asked to fill it out. He really was using it as a reference point.”
Metzger says the seventh and eighth-grade science teacher handed out copies of the infographic to help explain why he doesn’t use the pronoun, mister, instead of using m-x pronounced ‘mixed.’ A title which does not imply a gender.
Metzger says the schools principal happened to be in the class at the time and told the teacher to stop handing out copies of the gender unicorn.
Metzger said, “It was probably was not appropriate just in the way that the handout looked and it looked like it needed to be filled out and so it was just probably the wrong tool.”
Katalina Zombrano is the gender spectrum coordinator for the Central Valley Pride Center.
Katalina Zombrano, gender spectrum coordinator, said, “It is a touchy subject and of course its going to be when it comes to youth.”
Zombrano says she uses the gender unicorn graph for educational purposes for her job.
Adding that while she says the point is not to pry at someone’s sexuality she does feel that a break down in communication is the real culprit in the case at Denair Middle School.
Zombrano, said, “There is going to be a lot of people who just don’t get it, we understand that we respect that, but maybe a little more planning next time, a little bit more finesse.”
The superintendent declined to say whether the teacher faced disciplinary action.