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Friday, December 3, 2021

California School District Suspends Staff, Investigates Audio Leak Against LGBT Clubs

An independent third-party firm is investigating the cases of two teachers who were taped and advised other teachers on how to keep LGTBQ clubs secret from parents at a recent California Teachers Association (CTA) conference, according to an email from the Spreckels Union (SUSD) school district. ) officials.

An email sent to district parents on November 23 and received by The Epoch Times says SUSD will hire a third-party firm to “conduct a thorough investigation” following news reports of leaked audio tapes of two Buena Vista Middle. School teachers.

“As a result of the investigative actions, the employees involved were sent on administrative leave,” the email said.

The sold-out CTA conference, billed as “LGBTQ + Conference 2021 Beyond Binary: Identity and Imaginary Opportunities,” was held in Palm Springs, California, October 29-31.

The teachers conducted a workshop entitled “How We Do GSA in Conservative Communities” and described the obstacles they face as activist teachers in hiding the activities of the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) clubs from parents.

In Buena Vista, the GSA, formerly the Equity Club, has been renamed You Be You or UBU to hide the meaning of the club from parents, as one teacher said in an audio clip obtained by The Epoch Times.

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Another teacher said the Buena Vista Club does not keep track of membership and advised her colleagues who run LGBT clubs to plead ignorance if asked by their parents. She also bragged that she could not be fired because she has a term in office.

In a previous statement, Superintendent Eric Tarallo, SUSD Council President Steve McDougall, and Buena Vista High School Principal Keith Pagaran said teachers were taking personal leave to teach a seminar at the CTA and were not officially speaking on behalf of SUSD.

“Many of the comments and topics highlighted in the article are disturbing, worrying, disappointing and in no way reflect the policies and practices of the District or the Board of Education,” the November 19 statement said.

In the SUSD email, “All students, including UBU Club students,” are encouraged to visit the Buena Vista High School Wellness Center on Wednesdays and Fridays at lunchtime.

According to the email, the wellness center is overseen by a district advisor on Wednesdays and a director on Fridays.

Council President McDougall and Superintendent Tarallo did not respond to inquiries.

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Brad Jones is an award-winning journalist based in Southern California.

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