A California English high school teacher claimed that introducing young children to drag queens is no different from teaching Shakespeare.
The teacher at San Juan Hills High in the Capistrano School District, who ignited a district-wide investigation due to sexually explicit materials being taught in class.
“The same people who usually scream themselves purple about keeping queerness out of the classroom and the inherent harmful nature of drag queens are usually the first to tell me that I should stick to teaching the classics in my own English class like Shakespeare,” teacher Danielle Serio, also known as “Flint” said.
“So let’s check. Of his almost 40 surviving plays, one in five have drag as central to the plot,” she said., according to Fox News.
“It’s almost like these people might not be the best stewards of education,” Flint adde.d
Flint included sexually explicit books in a “queer classroom library,” claiming it aided with kids’ identity development.
“People get really mad about my queer library. I have like 200 titles that are specific to the LGBT community that I’ve been curating for over eight years,” Flint said
“Don’t get me wrong, my students love that library. It has been very helpful for many students figuring out who they are, how to relate to their peers,” the public school teacher added.
A book, which was previously in the classroom library, “Everything you Ever Wanted to Know About Being Trans…,” discussed BDSM, fetishes and a kink social media networking site.
“I find the BDSM/kink community to be extremely open-minded and welcoming in every way; it’s a place of sexual liberation,” the book stated. “There is often more blanket level of acceptance of transgender people within the kink/BDSM (bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, sadism and masochism) scenes and sites such as FetLife.”
FetLife is a social media networking site for the “kink community.”
Flint responded to backlash stating, “It’s really fascinating to encounter people who are upset that I’m a transgender teacher because they almost all seem to think that I’m going rogue during the school day and recruiting kids to be trans when really I’m an English and film teacher.”
Another book in Flint’s library called “This Book is Gay” discussed the 18+ hookup app, “Grindr.”
“We all want to have sex with loads of people,” the book states. “[T]he prostate gland… feels amazing when massaged. Lots of men, gay or straight, like how this feels.”
Flint even interviewed the high school principal, Dr. Manoj Mahindrakar, who said he supported the library.
Flint asked Mahindrakar whether he thought “it’s important to have a queer library on campus.”
Mahindrakar responded, saying, “In my educational experience, books are always a good thing, and any books that support our students, I’m for.”