A middle school in Pennsylvania reportedly has been encouraging teachers to conceal a student’s preferred pronouns and gender preference from the student’s parents.
The New York Post reported that an email conversation between teachers and a school counselor at the Charles F. Patton Middle School in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, revealed that the student “prefers the pronouns they/them.”
“She is fine too, but [the student] likes ‘they/them’ the best,” the school counselor said via email.
The educator also suggested that “if you are emailing home, it may be best to use she/her when referring to [the student].”
The teacher’s email reportedly contained “A Guide to Supporting Trans and Gender Diverse Students,” authored by the American Psychological Association.
Reportedly an email exchange also occurred between a school counselor and two teachers about a club at the Unionville High School called the “Gender Sexuality Alliance.”
The school website described the student organization as “a student-run club which provides a safe place for students to meet, support each other, talk about issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, and work to end homophobia and transphobia.”
A counselor and teacher from the Charles F. Patton Middle School discussed how to start a similar club at their school or how they might be able to give their students the opportunity to attend Gender Sexuality Alliance meetings at Unionville High.
Emails also revealed that when an online assignment prompted a student to describe themselves as being “pansexual,” the school counselor encouraged the student’s teacher to “ask [the student] if they would be interested in starting some type of club or group to focus on LGBTQ+ topics/issues.”
Another teacher reportedly wrote, “Middle schoolers are NOT too young to know their sexual orientations and gender identities. LGBTQ-related content is age appropriate for them.”
Fox News reported that No Left Turn in Education, a group saying they “believe that K-12 education should be free from indoctrination and politicization,” heavily criticized the school’s actions.
The organization’s president, Dr. Elana Fishbein, said, “It is unconscionable for any teacher to go behind a parent’s back to meddle in a child’s mental, physical and emotional health. While us concerned parents get called domestic terrorists, it’s the radical ideologues who actually threaten, harass, and intimidate parents who object to their woke agenda. No Left Turn in Education is standing up for these families and is holding officials accountable for enforcing the laws that are supposed to protect our kids.”