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Parents at an Indiana high school recently discovered an email outlining a district-wide "gender support plan" for students undergoing gender transition, and a policy to conceal that information from those students' parents.
The school superintendent essentially confirmed that policy in a school board meeting with concerned parents on Thursday night.
The Daily Signal, the news arm of The Heritage Foundation, broke the story earlier this week. Investigative columnist Tony Kinnett wrote the email was sent by a counselor last August at Pendleton Heights High School in Pendleton, Indiana. It told teachers about a student who had changed genders, provided new pronouns and said teachers should not inform the student's parents because they were "not supportive."
In a photo of a printed copy of the email published by The Daily Signal, the counselor said that the individual "prefers the pronouns He/Him," and that the "family is not supportive of this decision so any correspondence home or in reference to the student should remain as '______.'"
"____'s go to person is me or ________ in the event he needs to speak with someone," the email continued.
The student's real name was blacked out on the document.
The high school is in the school district known as the South Madison Community School Corporation.
The Daily Signal noted it's not clear what grades or ages in kindergarten through 12th grade apply to the school district's policy. The email has reportedly angered parents and teachers.
"If staff at South Madison are willing to lie to parents about this—what else are they willing to lie about? How can I be assured my kid is safe while he's at Pendleton if they can't be trusted to be honest with me?" Jason Payne, a parent of a child in that school district, told the outlet.
Counselor Kathy McCord confirmed to The Daily Signal over the last two years, dozens of "Gender Support Plans" with guidelines not to contact parents have been sent to teachers across the South Madison school district.
McCord said she assumed the policy was approved by the school board since the counseling staff was told by Assistant Superintendent Andrew Kruer it was "board-approved."
However, South Madison school board member Kaye Wolverton told the news site that board members were aware of no such policy.
The Gender Support Plan also doesn't appear on the district's website.
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