Monday, September 22, 2014

Girls to use washroom with biological boy - a Toronto grade 1 classroom is told

Girls in a grade 1 classroom will be sharing a washroom this year with a biological boy whose parents have chosen to identify him as a girl.

A mother who has a daughter in the Toronto-area class has expressed concern to P.E.A.C.E. Ontario about the situation and how parents and school staff are being expected to respond.

“She called me last week and was very concerned,” says Phil Lees, President of Public Education Advocates for Christian Equity (P.E.A.C.E.), a provincial education advocacy group. “She said that the principal instructed the children and parents that the student, who is biologically male, is now to be treated as a girl at the request of the parents who insisted that, by law, the school must honor their request.”

The parents, who identify as lesbian, had moved their child to another school in kindergarten but have since returned seeking the student’s new gender identification and right to be allowed to use the girls’ washroom and change room.

Teachers have been told that the classmates must refer to the child as a girl, and when they make a mistake, they are to be disciplined. School policy is for students to go to the washroom with a partner.  (more...)

1 comment:

  1. To be accurate, not "parents" but a lesbian mother has chosen to identify her biological son as a girl.

    The boy attended junior kindergarten a year earlier and was enrolled as a male. At the end of the year his mother withdrew the boy. Now, after a one-year absence, she has re-enrolled her child in grade one, claiming he must now be treated as a girl.