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Court sides with school that censored 4th-grader’s pro-transgender essay
A court ruled against a fourth-grade student’s bid to have a transgender equality essay included in a school publication because supporting LGBTQ people is “not age-appropriate.”
“I don’t know if you know this but people’s view on Tran’s genders is an issue,” the young student wrote for the 100-word essay assignment on “society.” “People think that men should not dress like a woman, and saying mean things.”
“People need to think before they speak because one word can hurt someone’s feelings.”
But that was too much for Anderson Mills Elementary School Principal Elizabeth Foster. The essays were meant to be part of a book that would be sent home to parents, but Foster rejected the student’s essay.
According to the complaint brought by the family, Foster “religiously defended her decision” to exclude the fourth grader’s essay with arguments like: “that the original paper would ‘make other parents upset,’ ‘would create an undesirable situation at the school,’ was ‘not acceptable’ and that it was not age-appropriate to discuss transgenders, lesbians and drag queens outside of the home.”
The parents sued the school, arguing that […]