By Jonathon Van Maren
We’ve known for some time that it has become common practice in public schools across North America to keep information about how children choose to “identify” from their parents. Children are told they can choose their gender and that their gender may have nothing to do with their body. This education is pervasive and systemic, and with social media it a key driver of the sky-rocketing rates of children identifying as transgender.
As a result, there have been many situations in which children (often autistic or struggling with mental illness) have decided to identify as the opposite gender and choose a new name—and this information is deliberately hidden from the parents of the child by school staff, who assist the child in “presenting” as the gender they have chosen and refer to them by their new name. Many schools actually have policies explicitly forbidding staff from telling parents what is happening with their children. In the LGBT movement, parents are seen as an active threat to their own children.
A particularly egregious example of the trend of school staff getting in between parents and their children has just been reported by The Daily Caller. On February 21, 2022, school counselors at the Clear Creek Independent School District in Texas received an hour-and-a-half presentation on gender ideology from Laura Kanter of the LGBT lobby group the Montrose Center. The presentation was billed as professional development. According to America First Legal, Kanter explicitly told the school counselors that if students asked for gender transition, that information should be conveyed to an LGBT advocacy group—not the parents.
On May 32, America First Legal sent a letter to Dr. Eric Williams, superintendent of the Clear Creek Independent School District, noting Kanter’s advice that children seeking sex changes should be referred to the Montrose Center and that parents should not be notified. The letter noted that:
Two weeks after the presentation, the School District’s Director of Counseling and Student Services, Dava West, sent an email to counselors and staff to “clarify district expectations as it relates to working with gay, lesbian, and transgender students.” Director West’s email directed staff to refer to state statute, board policies, and the state-required Texas Model for Comprehensive School Counseling Programs when working with students who identify as members of the LGBTQ community. Ms. West’s March 11 email explicitly stated that these programs should “guide their work, rather than the practices and graphics shared by the Montrose Center” during the February 21st presentation. To date, Clear Creek Independent School District has refused to provide the PowerPoint presentation slides used by the Montrose Center during the February 21st presentation. The Montrose Center has rejected the School District’s Texas Public Information Act Request claiming that the presentation is proprietary intellectual property.