Participants: Skinner family; Participants: Skinner parents; Family; Safe space; School culture; Support; Teachers
Jessica: I don’t know if necessarily there are a lot of other families like ours. But I’ve had their teachers specifically come to me and be like “Hey, I know what’s going on. I fully support you. If there’s anything I can do, I’m going to make sure.” Like I noticed Emily’s teacher, she has one of the triangle rainbows about safe spaces for all different kinds of people outside of her classroom. Um, and the same Grey’s teacher came up and was just like “This is the place. This is the time. I can’t wait. We are so progressive. We can do this!”
Jonathon: It goes back to feeling like the culture of the school is in that direction.
Jessica: Where they’re ready, they’re willing.
Alex: And definitely the teachers are coming to us and saying “We recognize that you are very progressive people. And your children are very well rounded.” Which is great.
Jessica: They’re really impressed with our children. Like Grey’s teacher, he’s just like “I haven’t met like a person like this, let alone a kid.” They say the best things. So it’s been really really encouraging.
Jonathon: As much as the teaching staff is awesome, they’re very good, and as we mentioned there’s custodial issues, and we’ve had some times -
Jessica: We still get the stink eye from a couple of them.
Jonathon: There are some times when maybe not with the teachers, but, Em and G have both had to deal with other students who’ve been aggressive.
Alex: “Don’t you mean your brother, not your sister.” And then I usually turn around-
Jessica: I caught Emily one day, she was on the play structure, and she hear, and I hear “Yeah, it’s my brother. Yeah, yeah, my brother likes pink!” And it’s her friends, but she’s giving them attitude because they’re not. And I’m like “You are such a good sister!” I pop up around and they’re just like and I’m like, “You know those friends of yours, I don't know what’s up with them.” And she’s like “Yeah burned! Getting burned by my mom!” Like it’s so great knowing that if I’m not there, they have-
Alex: They definitely stick up for their siblings.
Jessica: I don’t feel like they feel oppressed or weird or different.