Elementary school teacher says confusing kids about gender is ‘the goal’

A teacher claims in a video that her "goal" is to confuse children about gender. Parents have identified the woman as a Mounds View Public Schools teacher.

The teacher, whom parents have identified as a Mounds View public school teacher, explained that some of her students can't tell if she's a boy or a girl. "That's the goal," she said. (Inside the Classroom/Twitter)

An undated video has surfaced of a public school teacher saying that her goal is to confuse kids about gender. The teacher, whom parents have identified as a Mounds View Public Schools teacher, explains in the video that some of her students can’t tell if she’s a boy or a girl.

Alpha News reached out to the district multiple times to confirm the identity of the teacher but received no response.

In the video, the teacher is wearing a school lanyard reading “Valentine Hills Elementary.”

“The students asked the other teacher if I’m a boy or a girl,” she says in the video. The “other teacher” allegedly asked the students if this really mattered, to which one student responded, “No, I just can’t figure it out. It’s just so hard. I can’t figure it out.”

“And I was just like, yes, that’s the goal,” the teacher says in the video.

The woman in the video has been identified by parents and former students as Kourtney Ryan, a Valentine Hills Elementary school music teacher. One parent said she believes the 2021-22 school year was Ryan’s first year at the school.

“I am very upset that this teacher is saying that her goal is to confuse kids. Her personal life has no place in an elementary school,” the parent told Alpha News. “She is wearing a mask and her lanyard, which she wears while on the clock as a teacher paid by taxpayers.”

The parent shared that her only concern about the teacher when her children attended the class was a project they did about protest through music, related to the book “Change Sings” by Amanda Gorman. The parent recalled that the two choices for topics were a prison hunger strike and Colin Kaepernick. “This project felt more appropriate at the middle school or high school level,” she said.

A second parent of another former student of Ryan’s told Alpha News that he pulled his youngest daughter from Valentine Hills because of teachers and lesson materials like this. “These are discussions about life, sexuality, and human development that parents should have with their children,” he said.

He told Alpha News that the parent-child relationship is one of the most important and fundamental relationships for a child’s growth and development. “When an elementary teacher injects herself into that relationship between a parent and a child by making the child confused about gender and sexuality, they are violating the trust and relationship between a parent and child,” he said.

“When a school allows professional staff to behave this way there are negative consequences in learning,” the parent added. “The classroom is no longer an equal and safe place for everybody.”

Ryan did not respond to multiple requests for comment.


Hayley Feland

Hayley Feland previously worked as a journalist with The Minnesota Sun, The Wisconsin Daily Star, and The College Fix. She is a Minnesota native with a passion for politics and journalism.