A father from California has decided to stage a boycott against his daughters' school due to what he perceives as a disregard for parental concerns regarding a Pride event. Frustrated by the school officials' alleged negligence, he voiced his dissatisfaction and expressed his intention to withhold his children from attending until he could have a direct conversation with the school administration. This stance resonated with numerous parents, leading to protests and confrontations between angered parents and counter-protesters outside Saticoy Elementary School in North Hollywood. The clash unfolded on the same day as the controversial assembly that had sparked a significant uproar within the community.
Among the concerned parents taking to the streets, Manuk Grigoryan, a father of four, stood resolute in his decision to protest against the school. Grigoryan joined other parents in denouncing the educational institution's handling of the situation and demanded an opportunity to engage in direct dialogue with school officials. He has chosen to keep his children away from the school until his concerns are addressed adequately. The passionate response from Grigoryan and other parents exemplifies the deep-seated frustration felt by the community regarding the school's alleged dismissiveness of parental input.
The clash between parents and counter-protesters outside Saticoy Elementary School on Friday exemplified the growing discontent surrounding the school's response to the Pride event controversy. The father of four, Manuk Grigoryan, stood alongside fellow parents as they voiced their dissatisfaction with the school administration. Grigoryan's decision to boycott the school, vowing not to send his children back until he had the opportunity to directly communicate with school officials, reflects a broader sentiment among concerned parents who believe their voices have been ignored. The protest highlighted the intense emotions and division within the community regarding this contentious issue.
"They're too young. It wasn't about the issue of the book itself only because after the book was supposed to be read, they were supposed to turn around and have a discussion about what they just read and heard," Grigoryan said during an appearance on "Fox & Friends" Monday.
"When we want to speak with them and have these discussions, they totally ignore us, and they just don't want to talk to us, and I'm fed up, and the school is not safe for my children," he continued.
"I'm not going to take my kids back until they come out and talk to us."
Armenian immigrant tells native born American that he can leave this country if he doesn’t like it.
Today at the Saticoy Elementary ‘Pride Day’ protest in North Hollywood, CA: pic.twitter.com/226RG4q4zF
— Yoshi The Patriot (@yoshithepatriot) June 3, 2023
The reading of the book "The Great Big Book of Families" during a planned assembly sparked controversy among certain parents who objected to its inclusion of diverse family structures, including those with LGBTQ+ parents. The Associated Press noted that the number of individuals protesting against the assembly outweighed those who expressed support for it. Among the demonstrators, some wore T-shirts bearing slogans such as "No Pride in Grooming" and "Leave our kids alone."
The inclusion of "The Great Big Book of Families" in the assembly became a contentious issue as it portrayed a wide range of family types, including those with LGBTQ+ parents, which raised objections from a group of parents. The Associated Press observed that those who opposed the reading were more numerous than those who favored it. Notably, a portion of the protesters chose to wear T-shirts with statements like "No Pride in Grooming" and "Leave our kids alone," highlighting their opposition to the content and asserting their desire for children to be unaffected by such themes.
During the planned assembly, the reading of "The Great Big Book of Families" ignited a debate among parents due to its inclusive representation of different family structures, including those headed by LGBTQ+ parents. According to the Associated Press, the demonstrators who voiced their opposition to the assembly appeared to outnumber those who supported it. Several protesters made a visual statement by wearing T-shirts featuring slogans like "No Pride in Grooming" and "Leave our kids alone." The presence of these individuals in protest reflected their disapproval of the book's content and their belief that children should be shielded from such topics.
Grigoryan expressed his concern regarding his 8-year-old twin daughters being exposed to such materials without parental consent, an issue he strongly disagreed with.
"We found out about this assembly back in early May, and we have made numerous attempts to contact school officials and have a meeting with them," Grigoryan said.
"We did have a meeting with the principal, but she couldn't be helpful. So we asked to speak with [L.A. Schools Superintendent Alberto] Carvalho. We made numerous attempts to contact him, but he ignored every opportunity that we had to speak with him. He just didn't want to acknowledge us, and we had no choice but to take it to the streets."
The school district released a statement in response saying, "Los Angeles Unified remains committed to maintaining a safe, inclusive and supportive environment for all students. We are also committed to ensuring diversity and inclusivity… In addition, out of an abundance of caution, the Los Angeles School Police Department will be providing additional patrols around the campus."
Despite all of this, Grigoryan is committed to getting answers and refuses to back down.
"I will fight this fight as long as I have to," Grigoryan said.
"We will not be silenced no matter how big they are, we will not be silenced."
#Antifa and supporters of children’s pride events retreated following a fight outside Saticoy Elementary in Los Angeles. Mostly Armenian-American families gathered to protest the school’s pride celebrations. pic.twitter.com/bUTSYgpRLB
— Andy Ngô ?️? (@MrAndyNgo) June 2, 2023
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