Who is Haylee Yasgar? Minnesota girl says teacher told her to hide ‘equity survey’ from parents
SARTELL, MINNESOTA: A school student has revealed that she was asked by her teacher to not show “equity survey” questions to her parents at a school board meeting this week. Reports said that Haylee Yasgar along with her other classmates received the survey as part of an $80,000 audit on “racial inequities” in the Sartell-St. Stephen School District within the community of Sartell.
Equity Alliance Minnesota (EAM), a left-wing group, had commissioned the survey after being hired by the district. During the Monday night, July 19, meeting, Haylee said: “My teacher said that I could not skip any questions even when I didn’t understand them. One question asked us what gender we identify with. I was very confused along with a lot of other classmates.” The girl stated that she and her classmates were also asked to not “repeat any of the questions to our parents.” “Being asked to hide this from my mom made me very uncomfortable — like I was doing something wrong,” she added.
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According to reports, during the meeting, numerous parents donned “Kids Over Politics” shirts as they are concerned that the district is adopting the Critical Race Theory (CRT) curriculum and preferring politics over kids. But people supporting the audit claimed it to be a step toward enforcing the anti-bullying rules and handling mental health issues.
However, Chris Yasgar, leader of a group of parents opposing the audit, dismissed the justification of defenders and claimed, “Bullying is going unchecked because discipline isn’t there, since the audit is taking away money and time from mental health issues. CRT advocates pretend the debate is about teaching racism and slavery. It’s designed to do the opposite. I think it’s a sign of their position’s weakness that they keep returning to this line.”
In a comment given to The Minnesota Sun, Haylee’s mother, Kelsey Yasgar expressed her views over the whole situation. She said, “Asking my fourth-grader what gender she identifies with raises several concerns in my eyes. For starters, I do not believe politics have a place within our school district, and I do not think my daughter’s 4th-grade teacher has the right to explain a question like this without my approval. I have instructed my daughter from a young age that if she’s ever in trouble or needs to speak to an adult, that she can always trust her teachers at school. What do I tell my daughter now, when these are the same people who are instructing her to lie and hide things from me? And it also poses the question, what else are you hiding from us?”
She said that knowing that her child’s teacher told her to hide things from her made her feel “complete disregard and disrespect” from the teacher. She also said that she worried that this was happening to other children and parents, which is why she and her daughter spoke out. Kelsey also said that she would urge other parents to “stay engaged and involved with their children’s education, because there is a huge shift in this country happening from education to indoctrination.” Besides, the school girl’s mother also revealed how she was approached by other parents after they got to know about her daughter’s experience. “I’m sorry to the little girl that felt uncomfortable being asked about her gender, but sometimes we need to talk about uncomfortable things,” Kelsey quoted a woman.