Teacher admits to stalking students online to recruit them into LGBTQ club

Lori Caldeira

It’s not just Big Tech who might be monitoring your Internet use. If you’re a student, your trusted teacher might be snooping into your search history in hopes of recruiting you to the gay club.

It was actually admitted by a California teacher, who at a conference admitted to “stalking” her students’ online searches earlier in the year to see if they were potential material for a school LGBTQ+ club, Meeaw News reports.

That teacher is now defending herself by saying her confession was not meant to be taken literally. Only Lori Caldeira actually said that she and colleague Kelly Baraki checked the online activity of sixth-grade students’ to identify kids who could be approached about joining the LGBTQ club at Buena Vista Middle School in Salinas.

At a 2021 LGBTQ+ issues conference called “Beyond the Binary: Identity & Imagining Possibilities,” held in late October in Palm Springs, Caldeira stated: “When we were doing our virtual learning — we totally stalked what they were doing on Google, when they weren’t doing schoolwork.”

She acknowledged the snooping occurred as the organization struggled to get enough students in 2020.

“So we started to brainstorm at the end of the 2020 school year, what are we going to do? We got to see some kids in person at the end of last year, not many but a few. So we started to try and identify kids. One of them was Googling ‘Trans Day of Visibility.’ And we’re like, ‘Check.’ We’re going to invite that kid when we get back on campus.”

She made the remarks during the pair’s presentation, called “How we run a ‘GSA’ in Conservative Communities.”

In other words, without being exposed.

Someone present at the conference was reportedly shocked by her statement and gave a recording of it to freelance journalist Abigail Shrier, whose article “How Activists Recruit Kids” was published in November.


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