An Illinois man says the public school undermined his efforts to help his daughter, who claims she is transgendered.
"Throughout my daughter's childhood, there were no signs that she wanted to be a boy," Jay Keck shares in a USA Today Op-ed. "She loved stuffed animals, Pocahontas, and wearing colorful bathing suits. I can't recall a single interest that seemed unusually masculine or any evidence that she was uncomfortable as a girl."
He continues to explain that the only difficulty his daughter had was forming and maintaining friendships, and they later learned that was because she was on the autism spectrum. "She was very functional and did well in school, helped by her Individualized Education Program (IEP), a common practice for public school students who need special education," Keck shares.
But unbeknownst to Jay and his wife, teachers and school administrations at Hinsdale District #86 near Chicago referred to their daughter by a new masculine name, treated her as if she were a boy, and used male pronouns while giving her access to a gender-neutral restroom.
Speaking about this on Washington Watch, Dr. Michelle Cretella, president of the American College of Pediatricians, said this is policy in a lot of school districts following the Obama administration's "Dear Colleague" letter.
"Although it was not legally binding, Obama urged public schools to treat gender identity as an innate and immutable trait like sex and implied that they could risk losing federal funding if they did not do so," Cretella relays. "The Trump administration outright rescinded it. However, the vast majority of school districts in America still basically establish policies that treat gender identity as sex, and all staff are told that they must not reveal a child's gender identity to a parent unless the child allows it."
OneNewsNow is seeking comment from Hinsdale District #86.