The Coeur d’Alene Press is reporting that an elementary school counselor gave “guidance” on gender transition to a ten-year-old student, encouraging her decision to live as a ‘boy’ without even notifying the girl’s family.The counselor works for Northwest Expedition Academy, a public elementary school in the Coeur d’Alene School District. A phone recording released by the family reveals that the counselor told the student she supported her decision to identify as transgender. The counselor even gave the student tips on how to come out to her family.The Coeur d’Alene School District plans to review their policies for school counselors at an upcoming board meeting. Send a message now asking the school district to protect parental rights.
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Please Protect Parental Rights
Dear [Decision Maker],
I was troubled to hear that a ten-year-old girl was encouraged by her school counselor to identify as a boy at Northwest Expedition Academy without the knowledge of her family.
Idaho law guarantees the "fundamental right" of parents "to nurture and direct their children's destiny, upbringing and education" (32-1010, Idaho Code). School policies should ensure this inalienable right of parents to be involved in intensely personal and very controversial topics like gender identity.
Students struggling with gender dysphoria need the guidance of their parents. School counselors should abstain from secretly counseling children who are grappling with their feelings about gender without parental notification and involvement.I expect that the school board will issue a new policy protecting the right of parents to direct the destiny of their children in your schools.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]
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