Mom Tells Tucker Carlson Kids' Kindergarten Doesn't Use 'Gender Terminology'

Fox News' personality Tucker Carlson spoke to a woman from Rhode Island on his prime time show on Friday who expressed concerns that a local kindergarten was not using "gender terminology."

Nicole Solas' child is enrolled at a school in South Kingstown, Rhode Island and the mother has filed more than 200 public record requests after the school district wouldn't answer her questions about how race and gender are being discussed in the classroom.

She told Carlson on Friday that she believed some aspects of the curriculum were trying to "shame children" for their American heritage and called on the chair of the school committee to resign.

"Well, I know that in kindergarten, they don't call the kids boys and girls, which I don't know why that is," Solas said.

"They also don't use gender terminology in the classroom. I know that when they teach the children about Thanksgiving, they ask them what could have been done differently on Thanksgiving, which strikes me as a way to shame children for their American heritage."

"Well, of course, it is," Carlson replied. "Yes, of course, it is. It's a way to make them hate the country. So you asked about this and then they called you a bigot for trying to find out what they were telling your child. How does that work?"

"You know, that is a patently false outrageous defamatory statement that should be retracted and the chair of the school committee should resign immediately. But you know, this is what they do," Solas said. "They smear people who ask them questions, who disagree with them, and it's just a false accusation of racism that they use to bully you into silence."

"They reduce everyone down to the color of their skin and a human being's worth is more than that. And if this is any indication of what's going on in my school district, our town is in deep, deep trouble," she said.

Some members of the South Kingstown School Committee considered Solas' multiple public record requests an intimidation tactic, according to NBC 10 News, and considered filing a lawsuit against her. However, at a meeting on Wednesday, the committee voted for mediation.

Solas told Carlson she had enjoyed support from some other parents and encouraged those who shared her concerns to make public record requests.

"And I want parents to know that if they are going to get answers from their school district, they need to submit public records request, it's called an APRA. It stands for the Access to Public Records Act. This is a way that you can legally compel your school to answer your questions so you can know what is being taught in your classrooms," she said.

"Parents across the country have to start holding their school officials accountable. They are our civil servants, they work for us. They're not supposed to be these tyrants in the classroom. We need to stop being afraid of retaliation.

"The risk of retaliation is there. It happened to me, but our children are worth the risk of that retaliation because we're the only ones that are going to be asking these questions," Solas said.

Newsweek has asked the South Kingstown School District for comment.

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson discusses 'Populism and the Right' during the National Review Institute's Ideas Summit at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel March 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. A Rhode Island woman told Carlson on Friday about her concerns at the lack of "gender terminology" in the local school district. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images