Imagine dropping your son off at school, never knowing that he lives a completely different existence as a girl for eight hours a day — and everyone knows it but you.
And not only do teachers know it, but they go to great lengths to hide it. That’s the reality in Madison, Wisconsin, where moms and dads have been furious to find out that not only is the district keeping their children’s gender expression a secret, but there’s an elaborate scheme in place to keep parents from ever finding out!
Most kids can’t take an Advil at school without getting their parents’ permission — but they can create a whole new identity without anyone calling home? Thanks to a policy passed in April 2018, this is the new normal for anyone in Madison public schools. And unlike other areas of the country, who’ve had to deal with the rogue principal here or there, this is a systemic, district-wide campaign to lie to parents and exploit their children.
Under the district’s official policy, a girl or boy — of any age — can “transition to a different gender identity at school” completely confidentially. They can go to their teacher and demand to be called a new name or pronoun, even use a different bathroom, without their parents’ okay.
Even more amazingly, the district is forcing teachers and staff to take the lead in deceiving these families. Madison’s policy orders them keep up appearances by using the kids’ given names and pronouns whenever their parents are around. If a school employee is concerned that this new identity is creating problems or hurting the child, too bad. They’re forbidden from bringing it up with parents.
In fact, the only time a mom or dad would be brought into the loop is if their son or daughter wanted to change their official records. Otherwise, they’re completely in the dark — something 14 parents in the district are hoping to change.