A boy is a boy and a girl is a girl — unless, of course, you’re a woke public school official or board member who requires students to ignore basic biology under threat of punishment.
Apparently tone-deaf to the reason why Glenn Youngkin is governor of Virginia and pro-parental rights Republicans also won high offices in the state during last fall’s elections, the leftists who run the Fairfax County public schools have adopted a policy of punishing middle-schoolers if they dare to refer to biological boys as “boys” and biological girls as “girls.”
But parents who are fed up with the woke nonsense have had enough and are pushing back — no doubt risking an FBI or Justice Department investigation as “domestic terrorists.”
The Federalist reports:
Parents rallied outside of Luther Jackson Middle School in Fairfax, Va., on Thursday in opposition to a proposed policy change that would increase penalties on fourth- through sixth-graders for “misgendering” or “deadnaming” people — for example, addressing a boy as “he” even though he calls himself a female, or calling “transgender or gender-expansive” people by a name other than their chosen name.
The Fairfax County School Board was initially scheduled to consider this change to the Student Rights and Responsibilities guide at their meeting that evening, but they rescheduled discussion of the topic to June 16.
“It could be that some people are waiting for the stillness and quiet of a summer evening when we’re all not paying attention,” Stephanie Lundquist-Arora, a mother who spoke at the event, said. “But I’m here to say, our enthusiasm for the First Amendment will not wane; we will not stop paying attention, even in the summer months.”
In addition to the change in policy, parents are also concerned about the declining quality of education in the region’s schools as well as racist and sexualized materials made available in school libraries.
Asra Nomani, a senior contributor to The Federalist whose son graduated from the Fairfax school system, displayed a stack of books for parents to see that are currently available in schools around the country:
In a children’s book called “Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness,” Nomani showed the other parents a line that read, “Innocence is overrated.” Nomani also held up a book for teenagers called “Let’s Talk About It: The Teen’s Guide to Sex, Relationships, and Being a Human.” The book had cartoon illustrations of people who were naked and engaged in sexual acts. Nomani showed the parents where the book encouraged teens to post pornography of themselves online.
Nomani said when government goes unsupervised, sexualized education “becomes state-sanctioned criminality,” and the state of Virginia does in fact allow public schools to engage in activity that is unlawful for almost every other entity. Publicly funded schools are included in a short list of entities not forbidden by state code to purchase, exhibit, distribute, and loan obscene books and printed materials. This means public schools in Virginia are allowed to distribute sexualized books to children even if the books have no “literary, artistic, political or scientific value.”
A mother at the rally named Alice Guo said that the overtly sexualized books confuse kids who hear conflicting messages from parents and teachers and thus do not know who they can trust.
“I see a lot of confusion in kids, a lot of depression in teens because how can they be happy? If you base all your actions, decisions on your emotions, you’re a depressed human being, because you don’t know what you’re going to feel tomorrow,” she said.
“But if you base your actions based on your character, based on your values, you don’t sway easily, even when the wind is strong. So most kids are kind of disoriented. They don’t know who they are.”