Don’t pass this story over as just a “crazy world” social drama from another state. Here’s Mary Emily O’Hara of NBC News:
Oral arguments are set to begin Thursday for the lawsuit of a Minnesota woman who is suing her transgender teen daughter along with a variety of local school and health agencies. …
“The news that county agencies and health service providers, the school and other county and state offices were completely bypassing me came as a total shock,” Calgaro said. “Why wasn’t I even notified?”
Despite the allegations, it is still unclear just what exact treatment the child has received, and experts said it was highly doubtful any surgical procedures had taken place.
“Surgery is highly unlikely before 18,” Jamison Green, a former president of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), the standard bearer for transgender health care policy, told NBC News in November.
The pronouns are confusing, but it appears that Calgaro’s son worked through his school and state health services (none of them operating as unpaid volunteers, we can be sure) to cut his mother out of his decision making so that he could begin the social, psychological, and physical process of identifying as a girl. The reassurance that it’s “highly unlikely” government officials have (yet) helped the teenager mutilate his body at taxpayer expense isn’t very comforting.
This is where we’re headed. Recall back in June, when I highlighted the following in the state Department of Education’s “guidance” to government schools on transgender students:
… for children as young, presumably, as 14, the school may actively conspire with the student in hiding from his or her parents an issue that is supposedly central to their child’s very being. In the next paragraph, the “family” is reduced to inclusion only as a parenthetical note, and the school is tasked with discussing “a timeline for the transition in order to create the conditions to provide a safe and supportive environment at the school.”
That is, through its schools, the government is not only seeking to accommodate the challenges of students’ personal lives to the extent necessary to accomplish the primary objective of educating them, but to become actively involved in transforming children’s beliefs and identities — perhaps including irreversible changes to their very bodies.
This is about as frightening as school-related issues can get, and one suspects even progressive parents would begin to squirm about it if forced to consider the matter directly.
And consider it directly we must, because the progressive worldview that dominates in Rhode Island government is entirely ideological and absolutely incoherent. Consider that parents can be arrested for allowing young adults under the age of 21 to drink in their homes, and yet government agents can work through public schools to help children even younger access medical services to irreversibly modify their very biology.
Meanwhile, as I’ve pointed out, a Central Falls teacher organized students to protest Trump, and Matt Allen suggested the other day on WPRO that the Providence district allows adult activists into the school to work with students in developing political activism.
The executive director of the Providence Student Union, for example, is Zack Mezera — not a student, but an adult, running an organization with $150,000 in revenue. The board of directors are also not students, but adults, including (for example) the lawyer husband of progressive state Senator Gayle Goldin, Jeff Levy.
Similarly the Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM) is progressive organization manipulating students. The board includes adults like Linda Katz, of the far-left Poverty Institute (now the Economic Progress Institute). The staff includes people like Legal Director Shannah Kurland, who is a “Soros Justice Fellow” — as in George Soros, the left-wing billionaire working to hobble the United States.
As Matt Allen said, these are adults with access to Providence children. They are organizing them for major political protests in a school system that insists that its role extends to helping students exclude their parents from major life decisions.
This is not okay.