As part of School Spirit Week at Tippecanoe School for the Arts and Humanities in Milwaukee there were a series of events for students in kindergarten through eighth grades, but one event rubbed parents the wrong way. According to Fox affiliate WITI, members of the student council chose Friday as “Gender Bender Day,” a voluntary event that called for boys to dress like girls and girls to dress like boys.

You know, this isn’t anything new. I remember having similar days in school as a kid. Along with pajama day, dress backwards day, and mix-match day.

But unfortunately, it’s all fun and games until one parent thinks it promotes homosexuality.

“I think it’s just teaching them the wrong lesson about gender. If you’re a boy, stay a boy. You shouldn’t have something like that at school,” an unidentified father told the station.

So the school changed the name of the day to “Switch It Up Day”, to appease certain people.

“I didn’t have a problem with the title. I had a problem with the activity taking place,” Deidri Hernandez says.

In an interview with EAG News, she says it’s “ridiculous” and “creepy” to ask elementary boys to come to school dressed as girls, and vice versa, and predicts that having students dress as “transvestites” will distract from the learning process.

“They might as well call it ‘Transgender Day,’” she told EAG, adding that she has “never stepped out” to complain about something.

Stepped out. No pun intended.

Tony Tagliavia, a spokesman for Milwaukee Public Schools, told EAGnews that “this is an idea created by students as one in a series of school spirit days” and participation is not mandatory.


So what do you think about “Gender Bender Day”? Did you have similar events when you were in school?

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