PEMBROKE, Ontario (LifeSiteNews) — Guidelines released this September by the Renfrew County District School Board (RCDSB) in Ontario are instructing teachers to conceal each student’s “gender identity” from the pupil’s parents unless given permission from the child to do so.
“Regardless of age or grade, staff must keep a student’s gender identity and gender expression status confidential unless the student gives explicit consent to inform the parent(s)/guardian(s), or there is a specific ‘need to know’ (e.g., to fulfill a specific accommodation request),” states the recently released document titled “Gender Identity and Gender Expression Guideline.”
The new guideline also covers topics called ““decolonizing gender,” “2SLGBTQI+ What does it mean?” and “Names, Pronouns, and Honorifics” among other things.
At one point, the guide tells teachers to use the requested names and pronouns of a student – including invented “pronouns” such as “ey/em/eirs,” “zi/hir/hirs,” and “xe/xem/xirs” – saying that “making assumptions about a person’s gender identity can often lead to exclusion and harm.”
“Learning to ask for and use pronouns is a small step in treating 2SLGBTQI+ people with decency and respect,” the guide states. “Inclusive pronoun usage is a step towards inclusion and cultivating a safer space for 2SLGBTQI+.”
The document also warns that there will be consequences for those who fail to comply with the guide, reminding teachers that “all people are legally protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code from being discriminated against or harassed because of their gender identity and/or gender expression.”
“Intentional or persistent refusal to use a student’s or staff’s chosen name and/or pronouns is a violation of these guidelines and may constitute discrimination or harassment on the ground of gender expression,” it warns.
This is not the first time such a policy has been implemented in schools, both in Canada and other Western nations.
Addressing this now-common policy back in 2017, political operations director for Campaign Life Coalition, Jack Fonseca, told LifeSiteNews: “So you can have a five-year-old boy or seven-year-old girl asking a teacher about switching genders, or that they want to be another gender, and the board says that teacher can’t tell the parents. What a tyrannical violation of parental rights!”
“The harm to a child could be irreparable, including increased risk for depression and suicide,” he added.
While this particular guide address the issue of so-called “gender identity,” the vice chair of the RCDSB told LifeSiteNews just last month that he has “firsthand knowledge” of students in his district “identifying as animals,” suggesting that the LGBT movement is only continuing to expand in scope.