At a recent Hamburg Board of Education meeting, the Board voted unanimously to permit students who identify as transgendered to choose which restroom and lockroom they feel more comfortable using. As reported in the Buffalo News:
"When the Hamburg School District on Tuesday adopted a new policy allowing transgender students access to restrooms and locker rooms for the gender that they identify with, it very well may have been the first district in Erie County to do so.
It was not a tough sell in Hamburg. The board held no public comment or board debate, and the policy, which also applies to gender nonconforming students, passed quickly and unanimously.“I think we wanted to get out in front of it and get it done. We didn’t really see it as that big of a deal, other than memorializiing what we’re already doing,” said Thomas F. Flynn, Hamburg’s School Board president. “I brought it up to a vote, and everyone voted. I guess everyone understood the background of it. Our point wasn’t to try to make a big deal about it and grandstand on it. It’s just another policy that we passed.”
In Hamburg, Cornell said he wouldn’t be surprised if people within the community object to the new transgender policy.
“But our obligation is to do the right things for students, and legally, to protect transgendered students from discrimination. It’s the right thing to do,” he said.
Flynn said Hamburg has long given students the option of using a more private area within the school, if they wish, such as a nurse’s or coach’s office. “We didn’t really have a lot of discussion on it. As a board, we were pretty much on the same line on it,” he said."
And surprise the Board held NO public comment or board debate, despite the wet behind his ears Superintendent remarking that he wouldn't be surprised if the people within the community object to the new transgender policy.
Well, Middle School Mike, here's a tough question: HOW WOULD YOU KNOW IF THEY OBJECT, WHEN YOU DON'T PREMIT THEM TO WEIGH IN THE MATTER? Gee, you can spot a rookie from the foolishness that rolls from their tongues.
So what to make of this progressive Hamburg policy? There is little doubt that students should feel comfortable at school. All students have this right. But permitting transgendered kids to use traditional single sex accommodations is a sticky wicket. Sure, transgendered people should not be left to feel uncomfortable changing for gym class, sports or taking a restroom break- that is true. Yet, what about the kids who aren't transgendered. You know, your run of the mill suburban boy or girl, how do they feel? Aren't their feelings equally as important? These are questions that need to be presented and hashed out by the school community, and a deliberative Board of Education.
This matter is a big deal, Mr. Flynn. And its not just another policy that was passed. And the parents and kids of Hamburg, like families in other communities around the country need to be heard on this matter.
And, Mr. Flynn, what do you mean, "memorializing what you were already doing".
First off, thats a pretty big word for you, did the lawyers script your remarks? You are known not to be too bright, and thats a pretty big SAT word for a simpleton such as yourself. Secondly, do the parents of Hamburg know that transgendered kids have been making this choice? Were the parents notified?
Where are the parents on this issue? There was a large public uproar about an extended school day, which makes little sense. Don't we want more education, not less?
But, when it comes to a sensitive political issue such as the transgendered policy the silence is deafening.