Sartell, MN – A fourth grade student at Riverview Intermediate School has bravely called out her teacher for having told her class not to tell their parents about the questions on the “equity survey” they were filling out for school.
The equity survey was conducted at the middle school in the Sartell-St. Stephen School District in Minnesota by the Equity Alliance of Minnesota, the Daily Mail reported.
The group was hired to conduct an $80,000 audit on “racial inequities” in the school district, Alpha News reported.
Haylee Yasgar told the school board that a question on the survey that asked what gender students identified with had caused confusion.
“My teacher said that I could not skip any questions even when I didn’t understand them,” Yasgar explained. “One question asked us what gender we identify with. I was very confused along with a lot of other classmates.”
She said a classmate asked the teacher if he should have his mother explain it to him.
Yasgar said the teacher told the boy he couldn’t ask his mother and then told the entire class not to repeat the questions on the equity survey to their parents, the Daily Mail reported.
She told the school board that the instruction from the teacher to hide things from her parents made “nervous and uncomfortable,” Alpha News reported.
Yasgar said her “mom always tells [her] she can tell her anything but also tells her she can trust [her] teachers too,” and that being asked to keep the information from her parents felt like she was doing something wrong.
Her mother, Kelsey Yasgar, was “very upset” that teachers would tell students not to tell their parents anything, FOX News reported.
“I do want to say though I believe that this wasn’t a single case that her teacher made this decision,” Kelsey Yasgar said. “We had been informed that this came down from the administration and Equity Alliance of Minnesota instructed them to make sure the children did not share this information with their parents and that should pose a great concern in any parents’ eyes.”
Neither the school board nor the Equity Alliance of Minnesota have responded to requests for comment from FOX News and the Daily Mail.