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Letter to the Editor

Concern with public schools

To the editor: We read in the paper on April 16 of a bathroom incident brought about by a student confused about which bathroom to use, causing provocation among other students.

Superintendent Karen Gaborik wrote her response to the incident on April 21 assuring us “we have transgender students ... We also have transgender staff ... schools work closely with students and families to help navigate transition.”

My question is, should teachers, administrators, counselors, PTA, parents and grandparents be helping students transition into the transgender lifestyle? Should they be sponsoring LGBTQ clubs where students may act out these fantasies? reported that Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist in chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current distinguished service professor of psychiatry, believes “transgenderism is a ‘mental disorder’ that merits treatment, that sex change is ‘biologically impossible’ and that people who promote sexual reassignment surgery are promoting a mental disorder.” The report also quotes Dr. McHugh as saying, “Policymakers and the media are doing no favors either to the public or the transgressed by treating their confusions as a right in need of defending rather than as a mental disorder that deserves understanding, treatment and prevention.”

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The superintendent may disagree with Dr. McHugh, but what if he is right? What if cutting off part of a student’s body doesn’t heal his emotional wounds? What if it actually makes the student more sad and possibly suicidal?

Values such as being a hard worker, thrifty, trustworthy, helpful, obedient, friendly and brave are some we can all agree on. Respect for others is another value we all agree on; however, a school should not promote one sexual lifestyle over another or disregard traditional values that work over ones that may harm a student’s entire life. That seems unwise and even cruel. Some of Superintendent Gaborik’s students may return in years to come and condemn her for promoting something they discovered to be a damaging decision.

Would it be wiser to repeal Resolution 2019-08? This resolution allows LGBTQ access to all public school classes (See fifth and seventh “Whereas” phrases). Should the district be promoting a mental disorder (gender dysphoria) that deserves understanding, treatment and prevention?


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