Campaign Life Coalition is raising the alarm that parental rights are under new attack, this time by school boards defending "transgenderism" and gender confusion in students of any age behind their parents’ back.
A number of Ontario school boards have quietly implemented directives that a school not tell parents when a child asks to “transition” to another gender at school, even in kindergarten, Jack Fonseca, senior political strategist for Campaign Life, told LifeSiteNews.
“So you can have a five-year-old boy or seven-year-old girl asking a teacher about switching genders, or that they want to be another gender, and the board says that teacher can’t tell the parents,” he said.
“What a tyrannical violation of parental rights! Worse still, it amounts to institutional child abuse on the part of schools.”
Children are “already subjected to gender identity theory in schools at too young an age, which can actually cause them to believe they might be transgender by producing sexual confusion that didn’t exist before,” he noted.
“These policies will leave young kids without the protection of their parents against gender theory ideologues,” added Fonseca.
“The harm to a child could be irreparable, including increased risk for depression and suicide.”
Board: Teachers “shall not” tell parents
At least five Ontario public school boards have policies or procedures accommodating transgender students that explicitly direct the school not to tell parents a child has “transitioned” to another gender at school, without the child’s express permission.
These are: Toronto District School Board; Thames Valley District School Board; Greater Essex County District School Board; Upper Grand District School Board(504-C), and Waterloo Region District School Board.
The WRDSB's March 2017 administrative procedure states:
Some students who identify as transgender are not openly so at home because of safety and/or other reasons. A school shall not disclose a student’s gender status to the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) without the student’s explicit prior consent (emphasis added).
The other boards’ directives follow the Waterloo policy almost verbatim, but substitute “should never disclose” for “shall not.”
These directives, except for the WRDSB and TVDSB, add: “This is true regardless of the age of the student.”
The TDSB policy further states:
"There is no age limit on making an accommodation request, and young students have the same rights to privacy and to have accommodations made on their behalf with or without their guardians' knowledge” (emphasis added).
An elementary school teacher who spoke to LifeSiteNews on the condition of anonymity confirmed her board’s parental non-disclosure directive applies from kindergarten to Grade 12.
“We could be talking about a six-year-old here,” the educator told LifeSiteNews.
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