The Charlotte-Mecklenburg (North Carolina) School System had to temporarily put its HB2-defying transgender bathroom plan on hold due to a recent Supreme Court ruling. But the ruling hasn't stopped the slow roll-out of other controversial gender-related recommendations that it is set to make to the local school board on Tuesday night.
Charlotte news station WSOC-TV reports:
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.
Another policy says CMS must evaluate all gender-based activities and “maintain only those that have clear and sound pedagogical purpose.”
Equally concerning is the section in the guidebook regarding parental notification (pages 33 and 34 - bolded emphasis added):
- A student’s transgender status is confidential.
- 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.
Not surprisingly, some school board members have received major backlash from parents over the suggestions, and CMS Superintendent Ann Clark herself was apparently too busy to answer questions from a local journalist on the matter:
[WSOC's Jill] Foster talked to Superintendent Ann Clark about those guidelines after a meeting Monday, but aside from saying some of the issues may be decided by the U.S. Supreme court, Clark walked away during the interview.
“We will strictly adhere to the guidance from our court systems as we've done every step of the way,” Clark said before walking away from the interview.
Except that's not what the guidelines do. If adhered to, the following will be allowed:
- A transgender girl can be prom queen and/or on the homecoming court.
- A boy who identifies as a girl will be allowed to go on all-girl overnight trips that involve sleeping arrangements. No one outside of those on a “need to know” basis will know, because not only are he/she pronouns discouraged, but any school administrator who alerts the other girls without the consent of the student will presumably be disciplined.
And parents are to be excluded from the picture altogether, because the transgender student's “right to privacy” will trump the rights of parents to know their daughters will be staying overnight somewhere with a young boy - or boys - present. Also, please note that CMS provides no guidelines on how to determine whether someone claiming transgender status is doing so legitimately or is doing it just to get closer to the opposite sex.
As to not referring to students as “he” or “she,” other questions arise: Does this mean no more separating sports by gender? No more male and female softball teams? No more male and female basketball teams? Will all sports be co-ed in the spirit of “inclusion?” It would appear that that's ultimately the path we're taking with these types of guidelines.
This is what happens when words are redefined or - worse - lose all meaning whatsoever. You can be a girl if you claim to be. You can be a boy if you claim to be. Even if you weren't born that way.
No sensible person would suggest that a teacher parade a transgender student in front of other students and announce their status, but what happened to the rights of parents? Same for the rights of the young girls to know who they might be bunking with? Under LGBT rules, it's ultimately the transgender student who should have the final say because they are not to be made to feel different or excluded - but in allowing such situations to occur, the school is taking away the privacy and safety rights of school girls, and the rights of parents to be aware of who will be joining their daughters on overnight trips.
And in the process they are putting young students at risk, exactly the opposite of their stated goal: to provide a safe, inclusive environment for everyone. In trying to do so, they've prioritized one group's concerns over another's, and left precious little room for a middle ground approach. Which, ironically, is the heart of the problem in the debate over transgender rights.
Protecting the safety and privacy of one group of people at the expense of another group's safety and privacy is just trading one set of problems for a new set. But with the absolutists on the activist left driving this debate, there will be no middle ground - no compromise on transgender rights - accepted, and the division and discord on all sides will continue. Which is exactly what they want.
After all, you can't rake in thousands of dollars from donors when everyone's happy and united, right?