Teachers in North Carolina must be having a hard week. School is just getting back in session, and then this news drops. Teachers are no longer allowed to call students “boys” or “girls.” In fact, they’ve been asked not to use gender-specific pronouns at all, for fear that it may offend transgender students.
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The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools dropped a 57-page training manual for teachers and classroom assistants that urged teachers be ultra-sensitive when addressing students.
So boys and girls are out as options. So what are teachers supposed to call their students? The manual suggests ‘students and scholars.’
The document said students should be allowed to dress how they want, with the gender they identify with, and that teachers are supposed to make them feel comfortable in school.
As part of the justification for the policy shift, the school referenced suicide rates among the LGBT community, stating that many of those attempting suicide did so before they were 20.
This is a progressive move for a southern state, and it has left the community deeply divided. The North Carolina Values Coalition isn’t pleased with the changes, and suggests that the changes, including the right these transgender students will have to use the restroom of their choice.
Tami Fitzgerald (above) is the group’s Executive Director. She belittled the decision. “Every child deserves a safe space, and it’s our duty as parents to fight for their right to privacy.”
“Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s proposed new policy allowing students to use opposite-sex restrooms, locker rooms and showers will seriously endanger students’ privacy and safety, undermine parental authority, and severely impair an environment conducive to learning.”
‘The district should continue their current policy to offer accommodations to students that have different preferences without compromising the privacy rights of all other students.”
“CMS Superintendent Ann Clark has chosen to violate the state’s HB 2 law instead of following common sense accommodations and limiting restrooms and locker rooms to members of the same sex for privacy and safety reasons without violating Title IX.”