North Carolina remains in the spotlight as home to the most preposterous arguments over not only privacy issues, but the subject of “transgender children” as well. The latest news to pop up this week was a pending decision by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System (CMS) to adjust their policies so that teachers and administrators will no longer refer to students as boys or girls.
No… I’m not even kidding. (IJR)
A CMS presentation to principals and counselors recommends kids are not referred to as boys and girls, but instead as scholars and students.
Eliminating boy and girl references is one of several policies included in the CMS bully prevention regulations.
One policy allows students to participate in extracurricular activities and overnight field trips based on their gender identity. A student who identifies as a girl would be allowed to participate in an “all-girl” overnight trip…
The new guidelines also include provisions to ensure that the parents don’t get wise to what’s going on, and the staff can get in trouble if they “out” any transgender students to their families.
Involvement of parents in the plan is determined in working with the student, considering the student’s age and health, wellbeing and safety concerns.
Staff must take care not to “out” a student to others, including the parents of an older student, without the student’s permission. In contacting the parents, use the student’s name/pronoun on birth certificate unless student or parent says otherwise.
It’s easy enough to try to shrug your shoulders or laugh this off as yet another case of Social Justice Warriors running the system off the rails, but there are serious concerns to be dealt with here. As I’ve written repeatedly, what adults do is pretty much up to them if they’re not harming or imposing on the rights of anyone else as far as I’m concerned. But children are a different matter. It’s true that some families have obviously fallen into this trap and are going along with the idea of their offspring impersonating the gender opposite to their chromosomal structure, but unless they involve a doctor and start pumping chemicals into the kids to thwart their physical development there’s not much we can do about it.
But even if we accept that sad situation as a given, the ones who still want to take an active role in the development and protection of their children should at least be given the chance. Look at the potential fallout from these guidelines. Would you want your daughter being sent to an all girl sleepover camp in a group including boys dressed as girls without your knowing it? And if your own child began “identifying” as the wrong gender, as a parent shouldn’t you at least have the right to be involved in that conversation whether you support such a course of action or not?
This is nothing short of insanity. We’re talking about impressionable children here who aren’t legally considered responsible enough to give consent for taking an aspirin if they have a headache at school. And the administration is going to intentionally hide this sort of behavior from the parents? If you live in this district or any other in the country considering such policies it’s high time you look into homeschooling options. The country is losing its collective mind and taking your children with it.