in Oxford, Mass., has sent a letter to parents announcing that
the night janitor who finished the last school year as a man
would begin the next as a woman.
"Students may notice and ask
about the differences in our custodian from last year to this,"
reads the letter from the district superintendent and principal
of Clara Barton School. "If they ask at school, they will be
given a simple and straightforward answer. The best thing to
tell them is that our custodian used to be a man. She has
changed her gender role and is now a woman."
Outraged relatives of the
children then contacted the non-profit advocacy group
which obtained a copy of the letter.
"Whether or not one agrees with
or supports the decision of our custodian," the letter reads,
"it is important to note that the Oxford
Schools does not
discriminate on the basis of race,
sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or
disability. We expect our custodian to be treated with the same
respect as every other employee."
The letter also includes a list
for parents to
seek additional information on transgender issues.
Brian Camenker, president of
MassResistance, however, told WND that the links provided as
"Internet resources" were shocking, especially coming from an
"The links they provide were to
radical homosexual and transgender sites," Camenker said. "It is
really scary that the people teaching our young kids consider
this normal and something kids should be involved in.
"Some of these websites,"
Camenker added, "even suggested children should be involved in
that kind of activity."
Included, for example, was a
link to the TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation, which declares
on its website, "Our children aren't pink or blue – but rather –
The TKPRF website further
states the group "is committed to the premise that Gender
Identity Disorder is something a child can't control, and it is
society that needs to change, not them," and that the group will
"strive to encourage families to allow their children the
ability to grow up free of gender roles."
Another site parents were
directed to declares, "We promote the understanding and
acceptance of all people: Transgender, Transsexual,
Crossdresser, Agender, Gender Queer, Intersex, Two Spirit, Hijra,
Kathoey, Drag King, Drag Queen, Queer, Lesbian, Gay, Straight,
Butch, Femme, Faerie, Homosexual, Bisexual, Heterosexual, and of
course – You!"
"The school is pushing a
radical and dangerous agenda on the fragile minds of young
kids," Camenker told WND. "It's utterly reprehensible."
WND attempted to contact the
principal and superintendent of the school, but phone calls were
The school website, however,
declares that Clara Barton School "recognizes that children,
parents, and teachers all have the right to learn, the right to
be safe, the right to be respected, and the right to be
appreciated for their similarities and differences."
And though some have called for
the janitor's dismissal, the school's letter to parents states
twice that the school does not discriminate on the basis of
Camenker told WND, however,
that sexual orientation and gender identity aren't necessarily
the same thing, and the state's laws that forbid discrimination
on the basis of sexual orientation may not apply.
"Massachusetts has bill before
the Legislature that would protect gender expression, but it was
killed the last time it was proposed," Camenker said. He added
that while the school may have been frightened by the vague
definition of the state's "sexual orientation" laws, "Currently
there is nothing in Massachusetts' general laws regarding gender
identity or expression."
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