According to this, a North Carolina school board has recommended that teachers refrain from using gender based terms like “boys” and “girls.”
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools even put out a presentation called, “Supporting Transgender Students.” According to instructions in the presentation, “scholars” should be able to participate in gender-based activities based on their gender identity alone.
The presentation also lists words that teachers should avoid at all costs. These words include transgendered, transsexual, transvestite, MtF or FtM, cross dresser or drag queen/king.
The presentation also notes that “LGBT youth are 4-5 times more likely to have attempted suicide as their heterosexual peers.”
“40-50% of trans youth will have attempted suicide by age 20,” the presentation states.
But listen, those kids aren’t suffering from a mental illness. If everyone calls them by their preferred gender pronoun, the suicide rate will go down for sure. Speaking of, faculty can get in big trouble for misusing pronouns.
“Inadvertent slips may occur. Intentional refusals to use a transgender student’s preferred name/pronoun violate this regulation,” a slide in the presentation states.
The presentation also provided a key resource for students and teachers. There’s even an all inclusive Gender Unicorn.
Teachers are expected to follow these “guidelines” this fall.
As you can probably guess, many parents in North Carolina aren’t happy about it and are signing a rather scathing letter to let the school board know what they think of their suggestions.
As a parent, I am deeply concerned about the policy Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System (“CMS”) adopted on June 20, 2016. This policy ignores both federal and state law, and jeopardizes the privacy, safety, and dignity of my child(ren). My child(ren) feel both anxious and disrespected faced with the reality that this new policy will force them to share intimate facilities with members of the opposite sex, threatening their well-being and peace of mind on a day-to-day basis. As an educational institution, you have a responsibility to protect every child’s right to privacy. There exist commonsense solutions that individual school districts can enact to protect every child’s right to privacy, but regrettably these were not adopted.
CMS’ decision reflects neither courage, understanding, nor compassion. On the contrary, it violates hundreds of children’s privacy rights and dignity interests by forcing students to share restrooms, locker rooms, and accommodations on overnight trips with members of the opposite biological sex. As parents and as school administrators and teachers, we cannot sacrifice the dignity and privacy of any of our students. I respectfully request an explanation regarding how you believe this new policy protects the privacy rights and dignity interests of every student entrusted to your care, specifically those students who cannot undress, shower, or share a room with a member of the opposite biological sex. As we rapidly approach the start of the 2016-2017 school year, I look forward to your timely response regarding our concerns. We reserve the right to take any legal action to ensure that our child(ren)’s dignity interests and privacy rights are protected.
Again, the school doesn’t see an issue because they are just guidelines. But we all know the truth.
These policy suggestions aren’t fair to a large majority of students. Girls should not have to share locker rooms with boys and vice versa.