Last July, the Massachusetts state legislature amended General Laws, Part 1, Title XII – Education; Chapter 76 – School Attendance; Section 5 – Place of attendance; violations; discrimination. The amendment reads:
“Every person shall have a right to attend the public schools of the town where he actually resides, subject to the following section. No school committee is required to enroll a person who does not actually reside in the town unless said enrollment is authorized by law or by the school committee. Any person who violates or assists in the violation of this provision may be required to remit full restitution to the town of the improperly-attended public schools. No person shall be excluded from or discriminated against in admission to a public school of any town, or in obtaining the advantages, privileges and courses of study of such public school on account of race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin or sexual orientation.”
Mitchell Chester, Massachusetts Commissioner of Education has recently released an interpretation of the new amendment. The document, titled ‘An Act Relative to Gender Identity,’ gives instructions to all public school administrators for the state of Massachusetts.
Contained within that document are instructions telling schools that they must allow any student, girl or boy, that claims to be transgender, to have access to bathrooms and locker rooms of their proclaimed sex. The student does not need a doctor’s or parent’s note or anything else other than their own statement that they are the opposite sex that they appear to be. The document reads:
“The responsibility for determining a student’s gender identity rests with the student. A school should accept a student’s assertion of his or her gender identity when there is … ‘evidence that the gender-related identity is sincerely held as part of a person’s core identity.’”
Therefore, any boy from kindergarten to high school senior has the right to say that he is now a girl and he will be given access to the girl’s bathrooms and locker rooms. Furthermore, the document warns that anyone referring to a transgender student by their birth name or birth sex will not be allowed and may result in disciplinary action.
The document does recognize the fact that normal students may be uncomfortable with the situation, stating:
“Some students may feel uncomfortable with a transgender student using the same sex-segregated restroom, locker room or changing facility. This discomfort is not a reason to deny access to the transgender student.”
As you can imagine, Chester’s document has caused great concern to many family residents of the state and family oriented organizations. Kris Mineau, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute has responded to the document saying:
“The School Commissioner’s first duty is to protect all students, from kindergarten to grade 12, not endanger them. The overriding issue with this new policy is that opening girls’ bathrooms to boys is an invasion of privacy and a threat to all students’ safety.”
Andrew Beckwith, attorney for the Massachusetts Family Institute added his concern, saying:
“If a male student tells his teacher he feels like a girl on the inside, the school has to treat him in every way as if he actually is a girl. School personnel may be forbidden from informing the parents of their child’s gender decisions, and students can even decide to be one gender at home and another at school.”
To my surprise, a Democratic state representative is planning on amending the latest amendment to prevent the obvious problem that has raised so many objections. Rep. Colleen Garry hopes to get an amendment passed that states that any student, even a transgender student, use the facilities that matched their anatomical gender, rather than perceived gender. Garry explained:
“Like many of my colleagues, I am very concerned about Commissioner Chester’s directive to open public school bathrooms to all genders. This was not the intent of the Legislature, and we need to pass legislation that clearly defines the use of such facilities.”
We are hearing about more and more cases of stores and colleges allowing men who claim to be transgendering to female to use the ladies dressing rooms, bathrooms and locker rooms. At the rate the gay activists and liberals have been going, it won’t be long before anyone will be allowed to use the facilities of either sex without any consequences. Any sense of privacy or modesty will be legislated away and our sons and daughters will be legally made pray to every sexual predator and pervert out there.