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Published On: Wed, Aug 10th, 2016

No ‘boys’ or ‘girls’ at North Carolina school using gender neutral language, transgender open door policy

A North Carolina school district presented to principals and counselors a recommedation that kids are not to be referred to as boys and girls, but instead as scholars and students. This district publicly announced that they will defy the state’s HB 2 law banning the gender hopping bathroom, locker room and field trip open door policy.

The gender neutral language is one of several policies included in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (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 even if he is a biological male.

photo Marcus Werthmann

photo Marcus Werthmann

The “Supporting Transgender Students” presentation also suggests evaluating gender-based activities and “maintain only those that have clear and sound pedagogical purpose.”

“School is no longer about reading, writing and arithmetic. It is now about gender fluidity,” Tami Fitzgerald of the NC Values Coalition told WSOC.

A protest against the recommendations is being organized and is set to be held before the school board meeting on Tuesday.

“School is no longer about reading, writing and arithmetic. It is now about gender fluidity,” Tami Fitzgerald of the NC Values Coalition said.

CMS officials say the policies in the presentation are meant to serve as guidelines.

“CMS remains fully committed to supporting its transgender students and nurturing a safe and welcoming environment for every student and employee,” CMS Chief Communications Officer Kathryn Block said.

CMS decided earlier this year to allow transgender students to use the restrooms and facilities of their chosen gender identity, defying North Carolina’s HB 2 law.

Jim Quick, spokesman for the Coalition, told The Christian Post about the number of people protesting the transgender facility policy of CMS.

“We have had 1,575 individuals download the NC Values Coalition letter to sign and mail into Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and an additional 877 families have sent each board member an email through the KeepMyNCSafe.com website,” explained Quick.

“95 percent of the individuals we are connecting with through the email service have children inside the CMS school system.”

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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