An elementary school principal called Stacey DeCorsey promoted a book called “Jack not Jackie” in a video of recommended reading for the summer. The book is about a toddler who is transgender and a cross-dresser. DeCorsey is principal of Excelsior Elmentary School in Minnesota.
“I also read ‘Jack not Jackie,'” the principal said. “Phenomenal read. So, if you’re a K, 1, 2, 3 even, it’s a really good read. I am excited it’ll be on our shelves in the media center this fall.”
Susan struggles to accept the differences in “self-expression” with her little sister, Jackie. Susan feels betrayed by Jackie when she tells the family she is Susan’s brother Jack.
A summary of the book says that Susan struggles, but her moth offers “refreshing acceptance” throughout the story with reassurances like “we wear what feels right.”
The principal posted a video on July 29 explaining her decision to remove the recommendation video.
“I decided to remove that video and I want to apologize if anyone felt uncomfortable with my book suggestions,” she said. “One of the books I spoke about specifically, which has struck a nerve in our community, was intended to support our transgender students, who are often overlooked and misunderstood in schools. Please know that this is not a required reading for students, it was simply meant to be a suggestion for families who are looking for these types of resources.”