Parents are outraged after an old tweet from an elementary school librarian has resurfaced.
Ingrid Conley-Abrams, a librarian at Manhattan’s Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School, was recently suspended from Twitter briefly for hate speech after tweeting, “Burn White Straight Male Librarianship to the Ground” in 2015, according to the NY Post.
One mother expressed her concerns to the outlet about Conley-Abrams’ outspoken views and that she would come into students’ classrooms to teach often.
“How can I feel comfortable sending my white 9-year-old son into her library or classroom? What if my son wants to be a librarian? How safe and nurtured are my kids going to be by this person?” the mother said.
Continuing, she said, “If a student posted that they want to burn down or shoot up a library they would be expelled. In addition she’s claiming that gender is fake and she [tweeted] that she wants to keep students from matriculating in the Ivy League. Are parents aware this is what they are paying almost $60,000 a year for?”
Another mother told the NY Post, “People like Ingrid in the schools are so self-important.”
“They think their way is the only way: ‘This is what I believe and this is what the kids in my classroom are going to believe and that’s the end of it.’ There’s no questioning of it and no debate. It’s terrifying,” she said.
Conley-Abrams’ Twitter account reads, “Gender is fake, community is real,” and has also tweeted that she is not a woman and is non-binary, according to the NY Post.
Per the outlet, when her account was eventually brought back on Aug. 15 she tweeted, “White cishet male librarians, I’m sorry. You did it. You made the bad one go away. But I’m back + love white guy librarians more than ever! Thanks for everything you do!”
The NY Post also reports that the Twitter account was made private after reaching out.
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