Parents Upset Elementary Students Taught Inappropriate Topics

Depression, divorce and transgender issues crossed the line

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MCKINNEY (CBSDFW.COM) – A Collin County charter school says it’s considering making changes after parents complained that their elementary-age students were taught age inappropriate topics; such as depression, divorce and identifying as transgender.

Every year the 10th graders at Imagine International Academy of North Texas in McKinney spends months working on a “personal project”.

This year some chose projects about topics like the impact divorce has on elementary students, depression and being transgender.

The high school students then presented their projects to the entire school; including to elementary students.

The school’s administration officer Julia Brady said teachers reviewed all the projects ahead of time and deemed them all appropriate.

“I think those topics make plenty of sense on the high school level,” said Melissa Marrow, who has sons in the third and fourth grade at the school. “But I don’t think my 8 or 10-year-olds are prepared to tackle some of those things without serious questions. I want to be the parent. I want to be able to walk through those things with them and not be surprised.”

Marrow said the school never notified parents that their children would be presented these topics, only finding out after the fact.

Brady said the school is addressing the parents’ concerns individually and will consider making changes to the presentation process for next year.

The school said the presentations were made under teacher supervision and believe the subject manner and discussion was age appropriate.

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