The superintendent of a Texas school district just made a MAJOR announcement regarding a new policy for transgender students that has parents OUTRAGED!
Forth Worth Independent School District will now allow transgender students to use the bathroom that the self-identify with rather than the gender on their birth certificate.
From The Daily Caller:
Forth Worth Independent School District Superintendent Kent Scribner’s new policy allows transgender students to choose the bathroom that corresponds with the gender with which they identify.
The meeting attracted an overflow crowd of those on both sides of the polarizing issue.
Those who took to the microphone at the meeting made impassioned pleas to the board, many taking issue with the lack of transparency and lack of public comment on the policy before being instituted. Others thanked the board and the superintendent for what they described as choosing the “right” policy.
“Gender is not determined by the genitals but by the brains,” one speaker said. “Transgender is not a condition, a choice, a sin or a character flaw,” she said, adding that the transgender policy is a “matter of life and death.”
Finn Jones, of Trans-Cendence International, praised the policy. As a transgender himself, who transitioned from female to male, spoke of the struggles she faced and said she contemplated suicide. Jones said without such a policy, transgender students are “bullied”.
Chris Sullivan opposed the policy and said parents were not consulted, the taxpayers were not consulted and said “put it before the citizens for a vote.”
Steve Radner, of Equality Texas, thanked the board for following the law and not risking federal funding.
Several speakers accused the superintendent of passing his own agenda and taking away rights of parents. One speaker questioned why the policies were “instituted behind closed doors, without a vote by the board and without parents’ input.”
Bo French, another speaker, said the work was “conducted in secret” and is an attempt to “subvert the rights of parents.” French said he conducted a poll on Monday night of 300 people in the area and “82 percent are against this policy.”
“Protecting our children should be the first priority,” French said, adding “I demand an immediate and full repeal of this policy.”
Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, who called for the uperintendent to resign on Monday, urged parents to speak out against the “unilateral” action of the superintendent.
Speaking to local news reporters prior to the meeting, Patrick said, “If he wants to try social engineering, he’s in the wrong job.” He also said transgender student guidelines “will do nothing but bring chaos and confusion to the school day.” Patrick said “parents were shut out” and said, if the US “goes down the path of social engineering in our schools…you’re going to see the end of public education as we know it.”
Do you object to a school superintendent changing a district’s bathroom policy without any comment from parents in the community? Should he face any repercussions for his actions? Share your thoughts below!