Gender policy in Washington state school district 'spits in the face of parents,' mother says
One mother claimed the school district is trying to 'break the trust' between parents, children and teachers
A school district in Washington state stoked backlash from parents for its willingness to hide a student's preferred pronouns from family if the student requests privacy.
The Central Valley School District (CVSD) in Liberty Lake, Washington, near Spokane, offered a presentation of its gender inclusivity policy Monday, during which time parents were not permitted to ask questions, according to local outlet CITC.
The policy, which has been around since August 2020, implements parts of Washington state law on the subject, but some parents in the community have recently raised concerns that it undermines parental authority, which has led to proposed changes.
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"A student may ask us, 'Hey, I'm not ready for you to tell the parent that.' We can honor that," said Tim Nootenboom, associate superintendent of learning and teaching .
Nootenboom also said it was a "misconception" that teachers were explicitly told not to disclose a student's gender identity, though a lack of explicit instructions allows leeway for teachers to do what seems best to them.
"This policy spits in the face of parents," mother Bo Begalman told school board members before the presentation, according to the outlet. "Parents must be the primary stakeholder for the child, not the school or the government."
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"The school board directors arrogantly believe they can determine the life-changing decision for our children behind our backs," Begalman further said. "The agenda is clear: to break the trust between parents, children and our great teachers."
Parent Stacy Taninchev took a different point of view, saying, "It's the school's responsibility to make sure our students are safe and feel empowered" as the children determine their gender identity.
Other parents spoke about rates of depression and suicide among children with gender dysphoria, with one mother claiming her child committed suicide after failing to receive affirmation at school as non-binary.
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CVSD did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital's request for comment.