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Last week The Iowa Standard reported about an event at Peet Junior High in Cedar Falls. It was billed as a “welcoming” event, but turned out to be an LGBTQ advocacy event.
According to the Cedar Falls district, Mr. Bill Boevers, the principal of Peet Junior High, approved the event. The district was aware of the event as well. However, the district said it was not expected nor approved as it became something different than what was expected. The district said something like it will not take place again.
The Iowa Standard reached out to Mr. Boevers on Tuesday. We got ahold of him on Wednesday, but he said he was under instruction to direct us to the communications person for the Cedar Falls district.
After our call to the communications director went unanswered on Tuesday, we reached out to board president Joyce Coil on Wednesday. Coil was helpful in forwarding our questions to Janelle Darst, the Cedar Falls District communications director.
According to one of the concerned parents we talked with, the “student group” that requested to host the event did not have a name according to Mr. Boevers. Darst told The Iowa Standard that the group’s name is “Difference.”
She also said Mr. Boevers approved the event as a “kindness” event. She did not say as of late Wednesday night whether anyone above Mr. Boevers approved of the event.
Kendra Wohlert, who is Sen. Eric Giddens’ wife, told the parent in the video that she is a teacher. According to Wohlert’s Facebook page, she works at Southdale Elementary as the vocal and general music teacher.
Darst, though, said Kendra Wohlert is not a teacher in the Cedar Falls district.
Darst said the district was aware the event would be happening.
“Yes, the event at Peet, as described prior to the event to building administrators, was to be a ‘show kindness’ event organized by students to give out donuts before school,” Darst said. “The event, as it took place, was not expected nor approved as it became something different than ‘show kindness.’ We have reviewed how we can and will handle situations like this better in the future and something like this, or similar, will not take place again.”
The Iowa Standard asked some questions that went unanswered and also submitted a few follow-up questions. We’re hopeful that we’ll have answers from the Cedar Falls district soon.