This is one of those stories that makes me want to slam my head against the desk repeatedly. How do these people grow up in such a vacuum? If y’all think back to elementary, middle and high school, many of you probably will recall your schools having “Spirit Weeks” of some sort, usually leading up to Homecoming. Every school I attended did it, both public and Christian private, and one of the days was always some sort of “reverse day,” where boys would dress up like girls and girls would dress up like boys. It was done in a spirit of fun, and my god, it’s kids. They do not care about “gender politics” at that point. But some parents and an ignorant wingnut pastor north of Toronto saw the plans for a day of this sort and got their little Evangelical panties in quite the wad:
The student council at King City Public School thought a great way to celebrate “school spirit” day would be for the boys to dress like girls and the girls to dress like boys. But their attempt to have fun has turned into accusations that gender identity politics is being forced on young minds, and left the school’s principal distraught over how something generated by 11- and 12- and 13-year-olds became such a minefield.
“This has been a real eye-opening experience for both the students and staff of the school,” said Ross Virgo, manager of public affairs for the York Region District School Board, north of Toronto. “These children are not old enough to even know what ‘gender identity politics’ are.”
The school, which runs from junior kindergarten to Grade 8, decided to cancel the spirit day after several calls from parents who objected for reasons of family values, Mr. Virgo said.
“The last thing we wanted to do was offend any of the parents. The principal of the school has been deeply emotionally affected by the reaction.”
Reverend Charles McVety, a staunch social conservative who has expressed concerns in the past about a “homosexual agenda” in the school system, raised the issue Thursday after receiving an email that was sent from a parent to Ms. Goan.
The parent wrote:
“The psychological implications of cross-dressing can be a very sensitive issue. Have we thought about children who may be dealing with their own issues of sexual or gender identity and how they might feel? Or about the four year old who witnesses his peers dressing up as the opposite gender? What messages will be sent?”
For his part, Rev. McVety said he found it hard to believe the students came up with the idea on their own and thought the cross-dressing plan reflected a dangerous kind of political correctness that lacks any moral standards in our schools.
Oh, my god. Reverend McVety, were you home schooled or something? Grow up!