Mother and father at Manhattan’s tony Columbia Grammar & Preparatory Faculty are up in arms over the elementary faculty librarian — who was suspended from Twitter briefly this month for having tweeted, “Burn White Straight Male Librarianship to the Floor.”
Ingrid Conley-Abrams, 43, wrote the tweet in 2015 however was apparently suspended for it not too long ago after the message was deemed hate speech.
One mom on the $59,000-per-year faculty stated she has been involved concerning the outspoken philosophies of Conley-Abrams — who additionally incessantly comes into lecture rooms to show, in line with three moms who spoke to The Submit — for a number of years.
“How can I really feel comfy sending my white 9-year-old son into her library or classroom?” the mom stated. “What if my son needs to be a librarian? How secure and nurtured are my youngsters going to be by this individual?
“If a pupil posted that they wish to burn down or shoot up a library they might be expelled,” the mom continued. “As well as she’s claiming that gender is pretend and he or she [tweeted] that she needs to maintain college students from matriculating within the Ivy League. Are mother and father conscious that is what they’re paying nearly $60,000 a yr for?”
“Sadly, the scholars at my faculty solely go on to Ivy League schools so I’ve actually failed them with my queer, free-wheeling godless radical hotbed of a library. :(” Conley-Abrams tweeted in 2020.
Conley-Abrams’ Twitter bio consists of the phrase “Gender is pretend.” The librarian, who has tweeted each about being non-binary and that “I’m not a lady,” has additionally tweeted about husband Timothy Conley — whose Linked-In signifies that he’s a librarian himself, at Manhattanville School in Queens.
After the account was reinstated, Conley-Abrams tweeted on Aug 15: “White cishet male librarians, I’m sorry. You probably did it. You made the unhealthy one go away. However I’m again + love white man librarians greater than ever! Thanks for all the pieces you do!”
One other mom stated Conley-Abrams first confirmed up on her radar when mother and father at Columbia heard a couple of faculty panel, “Speaking to Kids about Anatomy, Gender, Sexuality, Puberty and Being pregnant,” for grades pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade college students in 2020.
“Ingrid was launched as a ‘gender professional’ on the panel, which was bizarre sufficient to start with however is typical of what’s taking place at New York Metropolis non-public colleges,” stated the second mom. “Why is a librarian additionally a ‘gender professional’? And why is there a panel about speaking about gender and intercourse and being pregnant to 4 and 5-year-olds?”
Conley-Abrams didn’t reply to an e mail from The Submit however instantly took the Twitter account non-public. The college’s headmaster, William Donohue, additionally didn’t reply to The Submit.
“It’s actually tough for folks,” one mom at Columbia advised The Submit. “They don’t need any of this. They need a college aligned with their household values. However when you communicate up about this publicly your child is prone to get kicked out of college and also you and your husband might lose your job. It’s not truthful.”
A 3rd mom who spoke to The Submit stated that her youngster’s expertise with Abrams-Conley was that the library was “perpetually pushing” fashionable woke books about gender id, like “It Feels Good to be Your self” or Ibraham Kendi’s “Stamped (For Youngsters): Racism, Anti-Racism and You.”
“Individuals like Ingrid within the colleges are so self-important,” she stated. “They suppose their approach is the one approach: ‘That is what I imagine and that is what the youngsters in my classroom are going to imagine and that’s the top of it.’ There’s no questioning of it and no debate. It’s terrifying.”
In Could 2021, Columbia mother and father tipped off The Submit a couple of workshop known as “Pornography Literacy: An intersectional give attention to mainstream porn,” taught by Justine Ang Fonte, who was then a well being educator at one other one other elite prep faculty, Dalton.
The customarily-explicit slide presentation and lecture by Fonte to 120 kids included classes on how porn takes care of “three massive male vulnerabilities”; statistics on the “orgasm hole” exhibiting straight ladies have far fewer orgasms with their companions than homosexual males or ladies; and pictures of partially-nude ladies, some in bondage, to research “what’s porn and what’s artwork.”
Fonte’s presentation, a few of which was seen by The Submit, included a listing of essentially the most searched pornographic phrases of 2019, together with “creampie,” “anal,” “gangbang,” “stepmom” and extra.
In June 2021, Columbia mother and father who complained that the college had inserted crucial race concept into the curriculum laid out their case in a prolonged video.
The 38-minute clip about Columbia Grammar & Prep consists of an e mail from the college to oldsters asserting an “anti-racism” assertion and audio of a purported interview with a “variety, fairness and inclusion” coach consulted by the college.