When Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recently paid a visit to a Catholic school that views transgenderism as immoral, the media decided to criticize the school's policy – and to trash DeVos for going there.
Last month, DeVos visited a Catholic elementary school in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, as part of her "Back-to-School" tour to promote school choice. However, Diane Gramley of the American Family Association of Pennsylvania says the media focused on the school's "gender identity" policy – not on the purpose of the secretary's visit.
"You get an elected official who is pushing school choice, and then she goes to a Catholic school that has policies [stating] that 'a boy's a boy and a girl's a girl – then that's definitely not going to get any kind of positive press on any level," says Gramley.
The policy states, in part:
"When parents enroll a child in a Catholic school in the diocese they agree that they will not publically [sic] act in opposition to Catholic teaching. Notification of a student's determination to undergo a sex change procedure or that a student has undergone the procedure … would violate that agreement. The student would be ineligible to attend or remain in attendance in a Catholic school."
Breitbart News reports a few of the headlines that emerged as a result of Secretary DeVos' visit:
- "Betsy DeVos to Promote School that Bans Transgender Students and Staff" (Huffington Post)
- "DeVos to Visit School that Refuses to Accommodate Trans Students" (CNN)
- "Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Visits School with Anti-Transgender Policy" (CBS News)
- "PA: Secy DeVos Visits Anti-Trans School in Harrisburg" (Olean Times Herald) (story has since been removed)
According to Gramley, journalists reported nothing about the purpose of DeVos' brief visit to Harrisburg Catholic Elementary School.
"As far as I know, they [the media] didn't report on anything that she actually said," the family advocate states. "Just the fact that she went to that school in her effort to promote school choice – that was enough to give her negative press."
The school adopted its policy in January 2015 when schools began to mandate and insert transgender ideology into public education nationwide.
Editor's note: Image above is of Secretary DeVos visiting a middle school in Nashville, TN, earlier this year.