Parents against sweeping new K-12 sex ed curricula met with hate, physical assault – and a claim that toddlers should pleasure each other sexually

Parents opposed to an aggressive new sex education curriculum in Wisconsin suffered assaults on both their persons and their sensibilities from a hostile crowd supporting the change.

“Pure hatred. Pure, unbridled hatred,” says Scarlett Johnson, a Wisconsin county chair for grassroots group Moms for Liberty.

Seething hate would be an appropriate word,” concerned parent Paul Bruno told The Lion about the crowd supporting the Wauwatosa school board in its approval of an aggressive new sex education curriculum stretching down to kindergarten. It was approved 6-1 on Monday.

Johnson, among the contingent of opponents of the early-age sex ed curriculum, which includes lessons on gender fluidity and alternative sexual lifestyles, was actually physically struck by one supporter. She said she was grabbed from behind and slapped on her shoulders several times without provocation. Police were called and offered an arrest, but Johnson declined.

Alexandra Schweitzer, president of the Wisconsin chapter of No Left Turn in Education, said Johnson’s attacker had actually swept her own child out of the way and toward the street before assaulting Johnson.

Bruno said he also witnessed a large man purposely crowding Johnson’s space as she was being interviewed by the media. The burly man proceeded to complain bitterly that the petite Johnson had touched him.

In an extended interview with The Lion, Johnson described a chaotic and belligerent scene in which supporters of the sex ed curriculum booed and shouted at her and other opponents constantly, sometimes profanely, and in attempts to prevent her group from being interviewed by the media.

A well-known activist for concerned parents, Johnson said two children actually came up to her and said, “I hate you, Scarlett!” She said at least one of the children was rewarded for it with a high five from a parent.

Johnson has become a battle-scarred veteran of the culture war in schools. But, she said, “I’ve never experienced something like this.”

After holding up signs promoting childhood innocence and opposing pornography in schools, Johnson says “right away we were told ‘You don’t belong here. Get out of here. You’re racist. You’re fascist, you’re homophobic, you’re transphobic.’