Teacher FIRED for Reading ‘Gender Binary’ Book to Fifth Graders

A suburban Atlanta school district fired a fifth grade teacher who was caught attempting to groom children by reading a book about gender fluidity to her class.

The Cobb County School Board voted to fire Katie Rinderle, a 10-year veteran of the school district. She had been accused of reading “My Shadow is Purple,” the youngsters at Due West Elementary School.

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“My Shadow is Purple,” written by Scott Stuart, describes itself as a “heartwarming and inspiring book about being true to yourself.” Publisher Larrikin House says the story “considers gender beyond binary in a vibrant spectrum of colour.”

The book reportedly violates Georgia’s 2022 classroom censorship law banning divisive concepts like sex and gender.


The teacher also used a children’s book written by Democrat Stacey Abrams, The New York Times reported.

“I am disappointed in the district’s decision to terminate me for reading an inclusive and affirming book — one that is representative of diverse student identities,” Rinderle said. “The district is sending a harmful message that not all students are worthy of affirmation in being their unapologetic and authentic selves. This decision, based on intentionally vague policies, will result in more teachers self-censoring in fear of not knowing where the invisible line will be drawn. Censorship perpetuates harm and students deserve better.”

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Rinderle is being represented by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a notorious leftist law firm that has a history of targeting conservative and Christian groups.

“We are disappointed in this decision, but not surprised,” said Mike Tafelski, senior supervising attorney for children’s rights at the SPLC. We knew this was a predetermined outcome dictated by Chris Ragsdale and the Cobb County Board of Education majority. They continue to prioritize discrimination, bigotry and retaliation in Cobb County Schools. And we will continue to hold them accountable for their unlawful conduct. This is not the end of this case. This is the beginning.” 

The fact is that Rinderle had turned her classroom into an indoctrination center – addressing incredibly inappropriate topics with a bunch of 10 and 11-year-olds.

Kudos to the school district for doing the right thing.

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