Skip to main content

California Parents Outraged Over Elementary School Inviting 8-Year-Olds to Secret LGBT Club

Share This article

Parents at a California elementary school are enraged after finding out that teachers created a secret LGBTQ club that children as young as eight could attend without their permission.

Pleasant Grove Elementary School in Elk Grove, CA is finding itself in hot water after parents discovered in January that a third-grade teacher was allowed to personally invite third- through sixth-grade students to an LGBTQ club he was starting. 

The "UBU Club" was described as a club for "boys who crush on boys" and "girls who crush on girls," but was supposed to be kept secret. 

That is until the son of Mary Congdon, a fourth grader, came home confused about his gender identity after hearing 3rd Grade Teacher Daniel Bishop talk about same-sex attraction, the California Family Council (CFC)reports.

"I immediately reached out to his teacher bewildered why we the parents had no recollection of hearing about this new club," Congdon recalled. "Her response was that it was because 'it's a safe place for students to go and discuss their sexuality without having to come out to their parents.'"

Congdon, like other parents, was furious. 

"I'm not sure when Mr. Bishop began paying for my son's clothes, housing, meals; when has he taken my son to his doctor's appointments, sports games, church or tucked my son in at night," she said. "He is not the parent. I reminded my son and his younger 2nd-grade brother that night. We are your safe place. We are your parents. Bullying is inappropriate no matter the reasons, and should be handled and dealt with by your school principal."

***Please sign up for CBN Newsletters and download the CBN News app to ensure you keep receiving the latest news.***

Download the CBN News app for Free!

Congdon reached out to the school's principal to ask why permission slips were not sent home. 

According to Congdon, Principal Deidra Wood responded that they feared parents would say no. She also notified Congdon via email that LGBTQ clubs had already been started in 5 to 10 other elementary schools. 

Principal Wood told CBS News, "Our legal counsel has been weighing in with our district cabinet because of the laws and because whatever decisions are made will impact not only our school and club but the other 5-10 elementary similar clubs." 

The Elk Grove Unified School District also told the outlet the "club is currently on pause while the District reviews all pertinent policies and practices that relate to before/after school clubs."

But it is of little relief to parents. 

"Don't keep secrets from parents," said Brittani Cortina who has two children at Pleasant Grove Elementary, one in second grade and the other in fourth. "Take that issue with the parents. Don't take that issue with the students in the school." 

"Permission slips are required for the gardening club, so why not for this club?" questioned another parent, Heidi Moore.

"Pleasant Grove Elementary School staff betrayed the trust of parents when they held this UBU club during lunch time and did not notify parents or require permission slips for the club," she added. 

"It's also alarming that the district has ignored concerned parents for weeks, but recently sent a flier to all district teachers, inviting them to a training on how to respond to resistance from parents against LGBTQ Clubs," Moore continued. 

"The only response the district did give parents was that their legal counsel was weighing in on the situation. It seems like that is something they should have done before implementing this secret lunchtime club," she explained. 

At a March 5 school board meeting, parents showed up demanding answers. 

"These parents believe they have a fundamental, constitutional right to direct the care, education, and upbringing of their children," said Greg Burt, parent of an Elk Grove Elementary student. "They also believe the school district is obligated to respect that right. That's why schools should never keep secrets from parents." 

Burt, who is also the Vice President of the California Family Council, explained that what happened at Pleasant Grove Elementary is not an isolated event. 

The California Teachers Association (CTA) has been putting on seminars for teachers for several years showing them how to start LGBTQ clubs and invite kids without letting their parents know, the CFC reports.

Two teachers from a school within the Spreckels Union School District in Monterey, CA, recruited a little girl to their UBU Club. Then they socially transitioned her to a male identity and kept it secret from the student's mother, Jessica Konen.  

Once Konen found out, she confronted the school which in turn called Child Protective Services.

The mom sued the school district for violating her parental rights.

"At its core, this case is about upholding the sacred bond between parents and their children," said Harmeet Dhillon, Founder & Managing Partner of the Dhillon Law Group, who represented Konen. "Parents have an inherent right to be involved in pivotal decisions concerning their children's lives."

As CBN News reported, the school district settled the case for $100,000.

"State education officials believe that minors, as young as five, have privacy rights that schools are obligated to protect," Burt said, "even if that means keeping secrets and deceiving parents regarding the struggles children are having with sexuality or gender identity."

Dean Broyles, president of the National Center for Law and Policy, says Elk Grove Unified School District could potentially face a lawsuit for hiding this LGBT club from parents. 

"Elk Grove Unified School District is flagrantly violating and dishonoring the rights of parents by setting up secretive school sexuality clubs without parental knowledge or consent where rogue teachers with extreme agendas affirm sensitive and controversial viewpoints with very young vulnerable children while concealing the existence and purpose of these meetings," he said. 

He added, "We demand transparency from the district. We are investigating these clubs and are seriously considering taking legal action to stop them." 

Elk Grove Unified's School board did not immediately respond to the concerns raised at the school board meeting, as it was not on the agenda. 

They do, however, plan to vote to recognize March 31 as Transgender Day of Visibility and will hold a special school board meeting on March 19. 

Elk Grove Unified School District did not immediately respond to CBN News' request for comment. 

***Please sign up for CBN Newsletters and download the CBN News app to ensure you keep receiving the latest news from a distinctly Christian perspective.***

slider img 2

Share This article

About The Author


Talia Wise has served as a multi-media producer for, CBN Newswatch, The Prayer Link, and CBN News social media outlets. Prior to joining CBN News she worked for Fox Sports Florida producing and reporting. Talia earned a master’s degree in journalism from Regent University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia.