WINCHESTER — Students at Handley High School participated in a walkout Tuesday afternoon to protest Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin's proposed changes that would roll back transgender rights for students in Virginia's public schools.

About 200 students filed down the front steps of the school for a protest sanctioned by Winchester Public Schools but coordinated by students who oppose the new guidelines.

The protest was part of walkouts held statewide by student activists on Tuesday.

"We want people to know students in Virginia are not okay with this policy," said Axel Vega-Mancinas, a Handley student who helped organize the walkout. "And it was important to have it today because it feels more powerful when so many other schools are having walkouts."

Locally, in addition to Handley's walkout, about 50 students at Sherando High School in Frederick County held a peaceful 45-minute demonstration, according to interim Superintendent John Lamanna.

The Youngkin administration's guidance on transgender policy, which was released Sept. 16, would require parental permission for students to change their name or the gender they identify with when in school. Students would only be able to access school facilities, such as bathrooms or locker rooms, that match their "biological sex," according to the model policy released by the Virginia Department of Education. There is a 30-day public comment period before the revised and more restrictive guidelines take effect, pending approval from the state superintendent.

At Handley, students who took part in the walkout held signs or were draped in flags.

"These are policies that throw away our ability to have a safe school community. They affect a lot of different student groups, and they attack queer students in general. We are not in favor of the transgender model policy. We are not a political agenda," said Handley senior Juliette Schaefer, one of the walkout's organizers.

Walkouts coordinated by the Pride Liberation Project, a student-led LGBTQ advocacy group, took place Tuesday at more than 90 schools in Virginia. Schaefer and Vega-Mancinas were able to coordinate the walkout with approval from Winchester Public Schools, and they were assisted by the Pride Liberation Project.

"Student voice and empowerment are foundational values for Winchester Public Schools. I am proud of our students for how they organized the walkout, coordinated with school administration and facilitated the entire process in an orderly and respectful manner," WPS Superintendent Jason Van Heukelum wrote in a statement.

The revisions proposed by Youngkin reverse a state order established during former Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam's tenure. That order mandated that transgender students be allowed access to school facilities that match their gender identity. It also required teachers to use the preferred pronouns of students.

In August of 2021, Winchester Public Schools' seven-member school board voted unanimously to protect the rights of transgender students.

"Our vision statement is very clear," Van Heukelum said at that time. "We aspire to be an inclusive community that empowers all students to thrive. All means all."

"Governor Youngkin wants to advance a political agenda, and the policies are inherently dangerous to students. The newly proposed policies will take away the 2021 policy that allowed students to thrive," said Vega-Mancinas.

Defenders of the Youngkin model policies say the proposed changes give greater respect to the role of parents in their children's lives, The Associated Press reported.

Winchester Public Schools' Public Information Officer Maggie Lien said the school division is currently reviewing the Youngkin administration's model policy with respect to the district's current policy. Public school districts in Virginia would be expected to carry out the guidelines if they are approved following the expiration of the public comment period. 

— Contact Cormac Dodd at cdodd@winchesterstar.com

(54) comments

Hereforthebeer

We have record high inflation, a govt in power who are abusing their own agencies powers for political gain. We have a border/immigration crisis. Kids are dying in record numbers from fentanyl overdoses but everyone make sure you use the right pronouns and the right bathroom.

Cancel culture has made people afraid to speak what they really think . We should not make policy changes for thousands based on a few. Stop being scared to do what is right.

This event and van hueklin comments show how complacent he and the winchester school board is.

Would they have approved a protest if it was something they didn't agree with, like an anti lgbtq protest- I doubt it. Protesting is great but the kids are so misguided and want to be cool and get out of class is the vast majority

Blondie

Amen.

KerryKenney

Youngkin should concentrate on issues that bring people together -- this policy stirring the pot is grandstanding. Stoking culture wars against trans kids is wrong. Shame on Republicans for the way they use trans issues to stoke hate, fundraise and power grab.

Deus_Vult

Oh, you better believe it's bringing people together, especially parents who don't want their kids being groomed to accept being physically and mentally abused! Ironic that you say Republicans are "stoking hate" when it's your Democrats doing that very thing. Projection is all democrats can do -- accuse someone of something they're doing themselves!

rkk123456

I would love to have seen what the student turnout would have been had this protest been organized on THEIR time, not my tax paying school time.

TheOneAndOnlyNuri

Just admit that you hate kids and non-conformity.

Old Western Man

[rolleyes] when government and corporate America are hyperactively pushing your message, you are no longer anti-establishment or counter culture.

dstryker

Health

“-Trans people are 2X more likely to think about or attempt suicide than lgb.

-2/3 trans youth reportedly committed self-harm

-LGBTQI 3X more likely to experience depression

-47% trans men/37% trans women who experienced verbal abuse

-68% of trans people who report that their ID listed their name/gender incorrectly. Due to that single factor, they directly experience,

-25% verbal harassment

-16% denial of services

-9% asked to leave an establishment

-2% assaulted or attacked (That’s just for those who felt safe enough to report)

-30% of trans people postpone or avoid medical treatment due to discrimination and disrespect.”

The parents hurting their kids the most, are the ones least likely to get medical attention or support.

Why Family Support Matters:

Here’s how family life support changes the course of these kid’s lives.

Life Satisfaction

-Trans Youth with Supportive Parents: 72%

-Trans Youth without Supportive Parents: 33%

Good Mental Health

-Trans Youth with Supportive Parents: 70%

-Trans Youth without Supportive Parents: 15%

Suffers from Depression

-Trans Youth with Supportive Parents: 23%

-Trans Youth without Supportive Parents: 75%

High Self-Esteem

-Trans Youth with Supportive Parents: 64%

-Trans Youth without Supportive Parents: 13%

Housing Problems

-Trans Youth with Supportive Parents: 0%

-Trans Youth without Supportive Parents: 55%

Attempted Suicide

-Trans Youth with Supportive Parents: 4%

-Trans Youth without Supportive Parents: 57%

Having a supportive home life directly corresponds to trans youth health, happiness, and self-esteem. The second most important and impactful factor is school life.

So, have to wonder, how miserable do these kids have to be before they matter? How many have to suffer or even die before they matter? Why do the suffering children not matter enough to care about, but the bigots being allowed to be bigots matter? The simple, common sense, life-saving policies that were put into place to protect these vulnerable kids cost anyone anything. Taking them away not only throws these kids to the wolves, it teaches them and everyone around them that some people matter and some don’t. We’re telling the future generation that they either conform to the accepted norms of the bigoted, ignorant, and intolerant or accept the horror and abuse that comes with being a minority to the point of killing themselves. Being trans isn’t a choice. But since it’s one you can hide or deny yourself, even if it leads to death, people expect you to do so or accept the consequences of being abused by the privileged. I’m Ashkenazi and the whitest shade a person can be. Because of that, I’m expected to hide it. If I’m harassed, attacked, or even killed by someone because I didn’t hide my race or religion and pass as a member of the white Christian majority, it’s my fault and I’m told I’m to be blamed. I know that because it’s what I’ve been told my whole life every time I was discriminated against, harassed, assaulted, and/or threatened. If an LGBTQI person can deny their own existence to the world, they have to or be responsible for their mistreatment. I know what it’s like having to make a choice between being safe and going to school, between being able to go anywhere without harassment and having to pretend to be a white Christian, between friends/family being in my life or keeping my outward race and faith. I never want anyone, let alone a child, to have to make that choice, one they have to make every second of everyday that they exist in the outside world.

SOURCES

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32345113/

https://www.lgbtmap.org/file/Advancing%20Acceptance%20Infographic%20FINAL.pdf

https://www.hrc.org/news/new-study-reveals-shocking-rates-of-attempted-suicide-among-trans-adolescen

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanchi/article/PIIS2352-4642(21)00139-5/fulltext

https://i.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/001/327/443/bff.jpg

https://www.apa.org/pi/families/resources/school-dropout-prevention.pdf

https://www.americanprogress.org/article/gay-and-transgender-youth-homelessness-by-the-numbers/

dstryker

Unsupportive Home Environments:

“Many transgender young people experience family rejection, bullying and harassment, or feel unsafe for simply being who they are - all of which can be added risk factors for suicide”

They aren’t safe at home with their abusive “parents,” and now their abusers are the ones who get to deny them what is often their only safe haven.

“That gender-affirming care improves outcomes across the board for young people.

We also know that, alongside proper medication, social support is one of the strongest predictors of positive mental health outcomes for LGBTQ+ youth. Suicidal ideation is substantially higher among trans and non-binary young people in particular but is significantly reduced with parental acceptance and peer support.”

School support, which can be as little as using the right pronoun or using the bathroom that’s right for them, is an important and lifesaving factor in the lives of these kids. This is needed most by the kids who aren’t getting support at home.

“-Gay and transgender youth are 8.4X more likely to attempt suicide if they are rejected by their families in adolescence compared to if they are not rejected by their family

-They are also 5.9X as likely to have experienced depression

-3.4X as likely to have used illicit drugs

-3.4X as likely to have had unprotected sex.”

Mental and physical health of trans youth is directly related to their home environment.

“88% of professional staff in out-of-home placements who say that gay and transgender youth were not safe in group-home environments.”

Even in homes vetted by childcare professionals for safety and support fail these kids. They shouldn’t be the ones allowed to overwrite these kids’ freedoms and life choices because Youngkin doesn’t think these kids should be allowed to have a say in who they are as people. The two largest external factors in the life of transgender youths are pressure from family and non-affirming school environments.

In supportive homes, transgender youth do far, far, far better. These kids have,

“-52% decrease in recent suicidal thoughts

-46% decrease in suicide attempts

-Significant increases in self-esteem and general health

-But only 27% of trans youth say their families are very supportive

-Fewer than half (43%) say they have an adult in their family they could turn to if they felt sad or worried.”

dstryker

“-80% of transgender students said they’d avoided bathrooms because they felt unsafe or uncomfortable.

-64% of transgender students avoided gym class because they felt unsafe or uncomfortable.

-59% of transgender students had been required to use a bathroom that did not match the gender they live every day.

-Only 12% of trans youth say their school or district has official policies support trans students.

Transgender students in schools with supportive policies are less likely to miss school due to feeling unsafe, and they are more likely to feel greater belonging to their school communities. Yet only 12% of transgender and gender diverse students reported that their school or district had official policies or guidelines supporting transgender or gender diverse students.”

School is an important factor in these kid’s lives no matter if they are supported or not at home.

dstryker

Supportive School Environments:

“Transgender students in schools with supportive policies are less likely to miss school due to feeling unsafe, and they are more likely to feel greater belonging to their school communities. Yet only 12% of transgender and gender diverse students reported that their school or district had official policies or guidelines supporting transgender or gender diverse students”

Trans youth are the most targeted minorities in school, yet they are the least protected by school policies and guidelines. Children shouldn’t have to pick between their basic right to an education and feeling safe. If the school system refuses to acknowledge these kids, how can they expect their peers to? How can they feel safe or accepted by their peers if even their school is participating in the bigotry targeted towards them? What kind of lesson are kids learning when their school and government are saying these kids should be denied human rights? These are children, the most vulnerable people in our community, these are trans youth, the most vulnerable minority in our schools, these policies are specifically targeting trans youth from abusive and neglectful homes. It targets the most vulnerable of the most vulnerable of the most vulnerable. The people that need to be protected the most, are being hurt by these changes the most. The trans kids in the least need may not be as directly targeted, but the ones that need support the most are the ones being denied it. And it does hurt all trans kids. Even if a child comes from a home with a supportive family, they still have to deal with their school, government, and community attacking their identity and robbing these children of their safety and human rights. How are they supposed to trust or respect their school or government? Why would they want to be productive members of a community that spends its time, money, and effort to do nothing but harm susceptible children at no possible gain? There are real problems we’re facing, but instead of even attempting to address any of those things, they invest their time and our money to do something that won’t benefit a single person anywhere in anyway. Again, it doesn’t only hurt trans youth, it hurts all humanity since less educated people, more homelessness, higher rates of mental health issues, and more make a community worse for everyone.

“-Almost a third of LGBT students drop out of high school, more than triple the national rate (Bart, 1998).

-The main cause of dropout among LGBT high school students appears to be the hostile school climate created by continual bullying and harassment from peers due to their sexual orientation.

-Nearly 9 out of 10 LGBT students (86.2%) experienced harassment at school in the past year.

-Three-fifths (60.8%) felt unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation.

-A third (32.7%) skipped a day of school in the past month due to feeling unsafe (Kosciw, Diaz & Greytak, 2008).

-A national survey data found that LGBT students fared worse on many measures of academic achievement and school engagement than their peers (i.e., having a lower GPA, higher likelihood of failing a class, and less positive feelings towards teachers or school in general) (Pearson, Muller & Wilkinson, 2007).”

“In studies looking only at LGBTQ-identified students, students who report a high level of harassment and school victimization because of their sexual orientation report lower GPAs—an overall GPA of 2.8, compared with 3.3 for students with a low level of victimization”

“LGBTQ students in a highly supportive environment have higher GPAs than LGBTQ students in less supportive environments. Among LGBTQ students, GPA is positively correlated with teacher support, peer support, and a sense of belonging in the school environment”

“Adolescents experiencing same-sex sexuality have better academic performance in high school when attending schools in urban areas and schools with lower levels of student religiosity”

Being supported in their schools is asking very little, but it’s life changing for them. Using the right pronoun can keep a child from throwing away their future and staying in school. It asks nothing of you, or anyone else, to do something that takes no effort that directly leads to trans youth being able to feel safe in school, especially when these kids aren’t safe at home. Why fight or defend policies that make them not only feel unsafe, but makes them unsafe.

dstryker

Let’s look at the facts,

Higher Suicide Risk:

“Data indicates that 82% of transgender individuals have considered killing themselves and 40% have attempted suicide, with suicidality highest among transgender youth.”

Trans people have a much higher likelihood of suicide. That number is so high because of intolerance and lack of acceptance, when those things are no longer a burden, the rate falls dramatically. The highest rates of suicide among the trans community are by trans youth.

dstryker

Too bad you didn't actually read the students statements and their comments on the "suggested policy revision" and know what they are really saying.

The schools aren't making kids trans, they just recognize that even though they're minors, they're still people. Not all parents are good. That's why there are laws that apply to parents and parenting. The school isn't making any "life decisions" they are recognizing that even children are people who have the right to live their lives and not be abused in school like they are at home. Children need to be protected, that should be mainly the job of parents, but too often, parents are the ones children need protecting from.

Schools weren't making choices for these kids’ lives; they were having a say in their own lives. Now they are forced to be abused inside and outside their home, being denied their human identity, basic respect, dignity, and empathy.

The Declaration of Independence in the US says we have "certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Making someone's life so miserable, to the point you are denying them their existence as they are, is refusing their life. Taking away their freedom to live their life as who they are and refusing to even so much as be allowed to recognize their own identity for themselves and not be told who they are by people who clearly do not have their best interest in mind is denying them liberty. Liberty is literally the opposite of oppression. Forcing children to live as people they aren't and making them deny themselves their own self-identity, is the exact opposite of liberty, it's oppression. And with suicide rates being higher in trans youth than any other group of people, and that being dictated almost entirely by home and school support, they are clearly being denied happiness. They are denied happiness to such an extent, that they would rather take their own life than continue to be forced to live a lie. The "unalienable rights" we, as members of this country, are promised, are all being denied to these vulnerable kids. Instead of attacking them, they should be protected and their rights should be just as unalienable as they are for everyone else.

How does it affect anyone for these students to live as their identified gender? It costs you nothing to let these kids use the bathroom they’re safe in or their gender existence acknowledged. It hurts no one to give these kids this small amount of say in their own lives. It kills to deny it to them. Not caring is bad enough, but it’s mind boggling that anyone would actually support the dehumanizing and intolerant bigotry that targets some of the most vulnerable people in our community. You gain nothing, they lose everything, for many, that includes their life. One thing saves lives and respects human dignity at no expense to anyone else, the other takes lives and denies people basic respect and human dignity to the gain of no one. I don’t even understand how there can be sides on this. One is objectively wrong and the other is proven to save lives and create better communities for everyone. The person who could have grown up to be the one to cure cancer may have killed themselves in high school because of the lack of acceptance due to their being transgender. Everyone is worse off enforcing intolerant bigotry.

Patty Fishel

I certainly back Governor Younkin in his policy making but foremost I stand for Jesus Christ and his laws for us.. I pray for these students to make their decisions based on God's word not on polictics.

dstryker

This policy is entirely against everything Jesus stood for, and goes against the most repeated Biblical commandment. It will also result in an increase of suicide among school-age children. Bible or no, child death should be something everyone is against.

Deus_Vult

You apparently have never read the Bible.

Bose-Einstein

Deus_Vult, do you eat shrimp? Do you wear garments of different fabrics? Have you stoned any adulteress lately? The field is rich with irony.

Deus_Vult

Bose, your cherry-picking from the Bible is duly noted. Now, read the New Testament and try again.

TheOneAndOnlyNuri

What other laws should we base on the Bible?

Proudlef

Let's start with the football players kneeling before each game praying to out lord and savior! Nuri do u like towel hea....d religion?

TheOneAndOnlyNuri

@Proudlef, the what?

The Pibbster

What is the policy that concerns them to walk out of school on?

john brown

Just saw youngkin grinning with the three stooges on faux news' morning show. did he get his underaged kid off of the charges he attempted voter fraud. Clean up your own household youngkin and stay out of others.

GreaterThanScott

Too bad the students didn't actually read the Governor's suggested policy revisions and know what they really are all about, allowing parents to have a say in their children's lives. The only thing being taken away is the school's right to make life decisions for the children and given that back to the parents.

dstryker

Too bad you didn't actually read the students statements and their comments on the "suggested policy revision" and know what they are really saying.

The schools aren't making kids trans, they just recognize that even though they're minors, they're still people. Not all parents are good. That's why there are laws that apply to parents and parenting. The school isn't making any "life decisions" they are recognizing that even children are people who have the right to live their lives and not be abused in school like they are at home. Children need to be protected, that should be mainly the job of parents, but too often, parents are the ones children need protecting from.

Schools weren't making choices for these kids’ lives; they were having a say in their own lives. Now they are forced to be abused inside and outside their home, being denied their human identity, basic respect, dignity, and empathy.

The Declaration of Independence in the US says we have "certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Making someone's life so miserable, to the point you are denying them their existence as they are, is refusing their life. Taking away their freedom to live their life as who they are and refusing to even so much as be allowed to recognize their own identity for themselves and not be told who they are by people who clearly do not have their best interest in mind is denying them liberty. Liberty is literally the opposite of oppression. Forcing children to live as people they aren't and making them deny themselves their own self-identity, is the exact opposite of liberty, it's oppression. And with suicide rates being higher in trans youth than any other group of people, and that being dictated almost entirely by home and school support, they are clearly being denied happiness. They are denied happiness to such an extent, that they would rather take their own life than continue to be forced to live a lie. The "unalienable rights" we, as members of this country, are promised, are all being denied to these vulnerable kids. Instead of attacking them, they should be protected and their rights should be just as unalienable as they are for everyone else.

How does it affect anyone for these students to live as their identified gender? It costs you nothing to let these kids use the bathroom they’re safe in or their gender existence acknowledged. It hurts no one to give these kids this small amount of say in their own lives. It kills to deny it to them. Not caring is bad enough, but it’s mind boggling that anyone would actually support the dehumanizing and intolerant bigotry that targets some of the most vulnerable people in our community. You gain nothing, they lose everything, for many, that includes their life. One thing saves lives and respects human dignity at no expense to anyone else, the other takes lives and denies people basic respect and human dignity to the gain of no one. I don’t even understand how there can be sides on this. One is objectively wrong and the other is proven to save lives and create better communities for everyone. The person who could have grown up to be the one to cure cancer may have killed themselves in high school because of the lack of acceptance due to their being transgender. Everyone is worse off enforcing intolerant bigotry.

Medic455

This kind of junk has no business in schools period. This is the problem with kids today, they think they know everything, they are way to young and stupid to be making decisions like this. Do what you are supposed to be doing in schools today teachers. Teach our children how to read, write, actual history, and real math ( not the junk they teach today), and reinforce some morals. Stop with the leftist indoctrination of our children. Let them be kids and learn what they should be learning for their futures.

dstryker

How can they learn if they're forced to drop out or are dead from suicide? It's like saying kids shouldn't get vaccinated until their 18 because they're "too young" to care about living. And this is literally reenforcing morals. It's standing up for basic human rights and the lives of their peers. There is no better example of morals than this. It's also a great lesson in history and government, as our country was founded on protest and every right we have today came about because of protests.

TheOneAndOnlyNuri

That's funny. I be you were the model student, huh?

Proudlef

Yes I was. How about you?

Deus_Vult

The group that organized this walkout is in cahoots with the Democrat party. As they were with the gun grab protests a couple of years back. No surprise.

https://dailycaller.com/2022/09/27/student-group-walkouts-virginia-funded-dem-donors-youngkin-transgender-guidance/

"Money for protests and lobbying efforts for the Pride Liberation Project appear to come, at least in part, from the Democratic donor hub “ActBlue.” The Democrat-backed group provides money to the allegedly student-run lobbying efforts, according to an ongoing donation campaign."

"Pride Liberation Project’s website was not created by students, according to an attribution at the bottom of the site. The website was donated by Z2B Media, which is owned by Tyler J.D. Begley, an anti-Israel activist who openly advocates for the Pride Liberation Project on his social media pages. Begley did not respond to the Daily Caller’s inquiry into whether he creates the graphics featured on the “student-led” social media pages."

Blondie

They will walk out over anything. Good way to get out of school.

dstryker

They didn't even get out of school. And the fact empathy and standing up for the human rights of others is so foreign to people, is troubling.

Deus_Vult

Yes, they actually did get out of class for a short period of time. They aren't standing up for anything, they are useful idiots for Democrat front groups.

Deus_Vult

Poor misinformed souls.

RightSide

Van Heukelum is clearly a progressive. In other words, not fit.

TheOneAndOnlyNuri

You don't even live here. If the superintendent wasn't mentioned in the article, you couldn't have named him or addressed him as Dr.

Proudlef

So rossiter and nuri???? Quick question.....why do u polish the shoes of the great conservative attorneys?

RightSide

Giving parents a say does not roll back anything by itself. This is a parental consent issue. Why do you think we elected Youngkin last November? He won to do this very type of thing. Elections have consequences as Obama said.

dstryker

He is literally rolling back policy, what do you think this is about? And it's not a parental consent issue. Angry bigots are less of a concern than dead kids.

Hermit

Great Job Juliette and Alex!!! Don't ever put that megaphone down!

Doc Samson

But wait! I thought all the Pr0g's were faithful acolytes of "teh sciencezzz"? How sad that this is what fuels today's high schooler's "outrage"...

https://thefederalist.com/2022/07/21/the-lefts-trans-agenda-is-all-about-erasing-the-past-to-control-the-future/

Bose-Einstein

Gee, a right wing link. What a surprise?

Doc Samson

Gee, no link, just snark backed up by a complete inability to refute anything in the article. Not a surprise at all.

Old Western Man

A "walkout" sanctioned by the administration rings a wee bit hollow. Sounds like the students were tools for an administration's radical political interests. As usual with the perpetually offended in America, where's the risk? Under real oppression there is a real risk of harm from the oppressors, not support (tune in to the news out of Iran). The Governor has made a sound minded return to the timeless relationship that minors still require parental/guardian guidance in their lives instead of the state.

It defies reason that minors who lack the capacity to make adult decisions are somehow enlightened to make life altering decisions at a very critical point in their development. Parents/guardians are the natural and proper authority in these matters and it should be criminal for agents of the state to subvert that authority without just cause.

Meanwhile in America, legal adults (18-20) are denied access to alcohol/tobacco/firearms under the assertion that they lack the judgment necessary to handle such responsibilities while at the same time possessing the judgment to vote, serve in the military, serve on juries, enter into legal contracts, etc. Evidently, some REAL discrimination is acceptable.

Catherine Giovannoni

Good for these young people! There's no reason for Governor Youngkin's ill-advised policy. Let's get Big Republican Brother out of our most personal decisions and out of our family lives.

Hereforthebeer

Big republican brother? You do realize a foundation of being a republican is less govt power and control?

Have you heard about the irs agents?

Bose-Einstein

Have you heard about Roe v Wade? When was the last time your government legislated about YOUR private parts?

The Pibbster

Someone please explain the policy that is in question?

Doc Samson

@Pibbster - Basically says if you are a girl, you will use the girl's bathroom and vice versa, and if you disclose gender dysphoria and/or it's related issues to the school, they will not keep that information from the parents.

dstryker

That is not at all what it says even a little bit. It's concerning if you truly believe this.

Bose-Einstein

And how clueless are the parents that their child is so fearful that it falls on the school system to advise them?

dstryker

Students don't get any say in their lives and if you're trans you're not allowed to be your actual gender if your parents don't sign off on it first. It's encouraging abuse in the home and in our schools.

Doc Samson

"Students don't get any say in their lives"

I guess if "gender" is the be all and end all of their lives that is true. But how sad is that? Also, what do you mean by "actual gender"? Are you speaking from a biological science standpoint or a mental illness standpoint? Because encouraging/enabling a mental illness is itself a sign of... mental illness.

Deus_Vult

It's obvious Ms. Stryker is fine with the govt co-opting the rights of us parents to turn our kids against us. I seem to recall a forum piece she wrote some months back saying as much. Oh yes, here it is:

https://www.winchesterstar.com/winchester_star/open-forum-schools-should-not-be-political-battlegrounds/article_86b37c37-0fcd-5676-b26e-9c0ff495977f.html

Her comments relating to this particular post should be concerning to any parent or employer that allows her access to children in a govt school setting.

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