Tusenvis av bekymrede Virginia-foreldre klarte å stoppe gjennomføringen av en regjeringsforankret transpolitikk i alle grunnskoler som ville tillate gutter som hevder å være jenter å gå inn på jenters bad, omkledningsrom og garderober. Det skriver Lifesitenews.
Thousands of concerned Virginia parents managed to stall the implementation of a government-mandated transgender policy in all K-12 schools that would allow boys who claim to be girls to enter girls’ bathrooms, dressing rooms, and changing areas.
Slated to take effect on Feb. 4, the mandates were sent back for review for another 30 days after more than 9,000 Virginians commented on them at a state-run public comment site where 2-to-1 they opposed the policies.
“More than 9,000 Virginians had made their voices heard on the state-run public comment site for this policy,” said Victoria Cobb, president of The Family Foundation of Virginia. “Those comments reflected that the majority of Virginians were speaking 2-1 against it. State law is requiring every single, K-12 public school to adopt measures that align with this transgender policy that — in one fell swoop — erases basic parental rights and protections for the bodily privacy and safety rights of even our youngest students.”
Titled the “Model Policies for the Treatment of Transgender Students in Virginia’s Public Schools,” the policies would bring about the following changes in schools:
- Allow students to use “restrooms, locker rooms, and changing facilities” that correspond to their “consistently asserted gender identity,” regardless of biological sex.
- Permit any student, male or female, to participate in “any school program, event, or activity, including extra-curricular activities that are segregated by gender.”
- Bar school staff from questioning boys who claim to be female when they enter the girls’ restroom. “School staff should not confront students about their gender identity upon entry into the restroom.”
- Subject teachers to disciplinary measures who fail to use a student’s preferred pronouns. “A school employee’s intentional and persistent refusal to respect a student’s asserted name and pronoun is considered discriminatory.”
- Allow school staff to help a student explore and make decisions regarding gender expression while at school while keeping it secret from parents. “School divisions will need to consider the health and safety of the student in situations where students may not want their parents to know about their transgender status. (…) There are no regulations requiring school staff to notify a parent or guardian of a student’s request to affirm their gender identity.”
The Family Foundation of Virginia called the policies “troubling” and “unworkable” since they would “force all students, faculty and administrators to comply with an empirically false view of sex and gender, even if it directly conflicts with their own fundamental beliefs.”
Parents who objected to the policies made their positions clear on the state-run public comment site.
“Parents have the right to know if the schools are using different pronouns for their children and also encouraging them to change genders,” wrote one parent.
“Allowing students to decide their own locker room, change gender identities on any given day, and do all of this without any proof beyond their own words is folly,” wrote another. “We do not let students choose things like their bedtime, whether or not they go to school, if they finish their homework, and countless other things, yet we are willing to let them determine not just their own identity, but how the entire school is run based on the day?”