This is apparently what Kansas school administrators think
Don’t comply: Pamela Ricard, a teacher at Fort Riley Middle School in Kansas, has sued the local school board there for suspending her for three days for refusing to call a female student by the male pronouns demanded.
Ricard was suspended for three days and issued a formal reprimand in April 2021 for addressing a biologically female student by the suffix “Ms.” and the student’s legal last name, according to the Herzog Foundation. Ricard alleges that she received an email from the school’s counselor informing her that she must use the pronouns “he/him” to describe the biological female, though the student had never made a direct request.
At the time of Ricard’s three-day suspension, the complaint alleges that neither the district nor the middle school had a formal policy regarding student preferred name and pronoun usage and that Ricard was suspended under the “Bullying by Staff” policy. [emphasis mine]
The highlighted words strongly suggest that this demand was not coming from the student, but from the counselor and school administration, and that there was a very good chance that this counselor and the administration were grooming the child sexually.
When the school then released a policy requiring teachers to to use the pronouns demanded, Ricard then requested a religious exemption, which apparently the school refused to give. From another report:
Ricard requested a religious accommodation three times during an appeal of her discipline. In a closed meeting last August with the Board of Education, Ricard explained that her addressing the student as “Miss (last name)” was intended to be respectful while also protecting Ricard’s religious beliefs.
When the board later denied her appeal without a public vote, the Kansas Attorney General’s office warned the district that it had violated the Kansas Open Meetings Act. The board then denied Ricard’s appeal in a public vote at its September meeting.
At this point Ricard filed her lawsuit.
Though Ricard certainly should have the right to be exempt from this policy because of her religious beliefs, so should everyone else, and not because of religion. Liberty of conscious, the fundamental idea behind the First Amendment, means that each person has the right to do decide, for themselves, what they believe in, whether they be a Christian, Jew, Muslim, or atheist. No one else has the right to impose different beliefs upon them.
Thus, making anyone say anything, from pronouns to the communist manifesto, if they disagree with it, is morally wrong.
Note too that this is a middle school, which means the students in it are younger than fourteen. They are minors. Worse, they are children, and for the school administration to be advocating this nonsense on them is actually child abuse. Are the parents aware of this? I suspect not.
Furthermore, the board’s willingness to act in secret, in violation Kansas law, illustrates its lawless nature. While Ricard’s lawsuit is proper, it isn’t enough. The Kansas legislature as well as the parents of the kids in this school district should move quickly to get the administrators of the school, its school board, and the teachers and counselors in it all fired immediately.
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