In November 2017, N.T. got permission from her kindergarten teacher to use the restroom. While she was there, she was sexually assaulted by another five-year-old boy, known to be “sexually fluid.”
N.T., whose real name was withheld, went back to class. She did not report the incident to the teacher but told her mother that evening. Her mother’s attempt to involve school authorities met first with silence and then with obfuscation. When she persisted, the school notified Child Welfare authorities. School officials identified N.T.’s mother as the adult responsible for the incident. The authorities then investigated N.T’s home and family, instead of that of the boy who committed the assault. A complaint filed by the Alliance Defending Freedom against the school system spells out the details.
The “Dear Colleague Letter”
Such situations are part and parcel of the policy laid down in a “Dear Colleague letter” sent to school officials nationwide on May 13, 2016. The letter carried the letterhead of the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education. It read, “Schools across the country strive to create and sustain inclusive, supportive, safe, and nondiscriminatory communities for all students.”
The most crucial statement of the eight-page letter said:
“As a condition of receiving Federal funds, a school agrees that it will not exclude, separate, deny benefits to, or otherwise treat differently on the basis of sex any person in its educational programs or activities…. The Departments treat a student’s gender identity as the student’s sex for purposes of Title IX and its implementing regulations. This means that a school must not treat a transgender student differently from the way it treats other students of the same gender identity.”
Other parts of the letter made clear that this policy applies to restrooms, locker rooms, athletics, and overnight accommodations on school trips.
The Nationwide Reaction
Surprisingly, the public reaction at the time was muted. The media fell in line by making as little of the letter as possible. The timing of the letter, late in the school year, took the spotlight off the schools for several months.
However, no administrator could afford to ignore such instructions, especially when they carry the personal authorization of then-President Obama. School officials were also wary of parents, who might be alarmed by the fact that biological boys could now enter the girl’s restrooms and locker rooms.
True to form, administrators quietly implemented the policy and hoped for the best.
In Decatur, Georgia, school superintendent David Dude followed that course. After the 2016 November election, the Department of Education withdrew the letter, but never directly countermanded it. Superintendent Dude let the new policy stand. N.T. was its victim.
She is not alone. There are many victims of this attempt to revolutionize education in America.
In Boyertown, Pennsylvania, high school student Alexis Lightcap was surprised to find a boy in the girls’ restroom. When she complained to the school administration, they criticized her for being so judgmental. She has since joined other Pennsylvania students in a lawsuit in an attempt to protect her privacy.
Iowa codified the “Dear Colleague letter” into law. Thus, twenty Council Bluffs students were frustrated at the school’s failure to accept their privacy concerns. Life Site News quoted student Brandi Scherlund saying that “I believe if you have the male parts you go to the males’ bathroom and if you have the female parts you go to a ladies’ room and that’s just the way I was raised.” Their protest was countered by forty other students who proclaimed that all students should be able to use the restrooms of their choice.
Selina Soule and two unidentified female athletes filed a federal discrimination suit after losing races to two “transgender” students, both biological males. They claim that the action of the state endangers their ability to get college scholarships for women. The Hartford Courant carried news of the complaint. The sympathies of the newspaper are apparent as they stated that “The complaint repeatedly misgenders [the two “transsexual” athletes], referring to them as boys.”
These students are only the tip of the iceberg. School systems and societal pressures are applying pressure to ensure the compliance of students and parents.
Several states and districts promote indoctrination programs to force acceptance of transgender ideology. Some programs, for example, pretend to be guidelines for history teachers. They teach students that these gender groups are really disadvantaged groups that have made substantial contributions to culture and heritage.
California’s legislature implemented such a program in 2016. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson spelled out the goals in a press release, “This is a big win for our students. This document… will give our students access to the latest historical research and help them learn about the diversity of our state and the contributions of people and groups who may not have received the appropriate recognition in the past.” The release cloaks its intent burying the intended beneficiaries among several other groups when it states, “Many topics in the Framework sparked spirited debates, including ‘comfort women’ in World War II, the Bataan Death March and the Battle of Manila, the roles of LGBT Americans in U.S. and California history, the Armenian Genocide, and discrimination faced by Sikh Americans.”
The states of New Jersey and Oregon followed suit, as has New York City. Both California and New Jersey have enacted policies that infringe upon parental rights. Both deny parents the right to remove children from those classes in which the indoctrination is to take place.
These efforts are cheered by the National Education Association (NEA) as part of its agenda. This attitude is hardly surprising since the NEA has a long history of radical social activism.
For those opposed to this violation of human dignity and modesty, three courses are open – all of them essential. They are vigilance, courage, and prayer. Parents must carefully examine every school district’s and even Catholic school’s policies. Most schools will expend considerable effort to cloak such changes in policy and practice because they fear parental reaction. Courageous individuals must resist the social pressure to conform and work together with other parents to make these actions and programs public. Above all, those involved must pray to Our Lord and Our Lady for help in this great battle for America’s future.