Parents fuming over board's forcing of LGBT issue

Thursday, June 30, 2016
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

Fairfax County parentsAngry parents are getting set to face off tonight with members of a Virginia school board who are considering how to punish students who disagree with its transgender policy.

More than a year ago, the Fairfax County Public Schools Board added "gender identity" its nondiscrimination policy, saying it was mandated to do so by the U.S. Department of Education – or risk losing federal funding. Now the board wants to punish or expel students who speak out against the LGBT movement.

According to Andrea Lafferty, executive director of Washington, DC-headquartered Traditional Values Coalition, parents are angry and will be out in force at tonight's meeting.

"Parents will be speaking out," she tells OneNewsNow. "... We just encourage people to show up tonight to the board meeting, [to] wear red and be a voice and a presence to say We've had enough of this. We've had enough of Fairfax County saying we're going to take away your constitutional rights."

Lafferty, Andrea (TVC)But Lafferty says it has been difficult for parents and members of the community to address their concerns at past board meetings.

"In previous meetings for the last year or so, the superintendent of schools [Dr. Karen Garza] has actually stood up in the meeting and pointed out taxpayers, parents, grandparents who she wanted physically removed from these board meetings," says the family advocate.

According to WTOP, some parents were asked to leave the meeting earlier this month when the board voted to include "gender identity" to the school system's Equal Opportunity policy – something it said was inadvertently left out in last year's vote.

A lawsuit has been filed against the board because the plaintiffs say the board is violating Virginia state law by implementing these changes to school policy.

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