A Minnesota school educating students K-12 has instituted a new gender inclusion policy that offers absolutely no chance for parents to opt out as conscientious objectors.
According to The Daily Signal, Nova Classical Academy caved in to the demands of political correctness after facing a lawsuit from two aggrieved parents blaming the school's backward policies of not being inclusive enough on gender for the "bullying and hostility" directed at their transgender child and other gender "nonconforming" students.
The 16-month legal battle eventually ended in a settlement, with the school adopting a new gender inclusion policy that gives no allowance for parents to opt out "based on religious or conscience objections," and promises to "not call parents’ or guardians’ attention to policy or law allowing them to opt out of specific instruction regarding gender inclusion."
It all began when two highly irresponsible parents, David and Hannah Edwards, placated their son's delusions of being a girl trapped in a boy's body by letting him live this fantasy out. Instead of getting him some serious help, they filed a complaint against Nova Classical Academy in St. Paul, Minnesota, accusing the school of failing to "protect their child and other gender nonconforming and transgender students at Nova from persistent gender-based bullying and hostility."
The parents also accused them of denying "their child the ability to undergo a gender transition at Nova in a safe and timely way."
From The Daily Signal:
Their lawsuit, filed March 24, 2016, said the school violated two laws, the Minnesota Human Rights Act and the St. Paul Human Rights Ordinance.
Gender Justice, a nonprofit legal and advocacy organization for LGBT individuals, represented the Edwardses in the suit against Nova Classical Academy.
The school initially denied the allegations, but Gender Justice announced Monday that both parties had reached an agreement through a 'confidential mediation process.'
The terms of surrender dictate that Nova Classical Academy must "pay damages of $120,000 to Hannah and David Edwards and their minor child, H.E.," according to a statement by Gender Justice, and revise its gender inclusion policy to affirm mass delusion.
Ranked the No.1 high school in Minnesota and No. 16 in the nation, the school harbors 920 students and teaches K-12.
Though parents rightfully opposed the gender inclusion policies from the outset, they will be given no say in the matter. Gender Justice states, "the policy changes at Nova Classical Academy are already underway."
As for the poor child whose parents initially began the lawsuit, he no longer attends school there, meaning his parents sued the school just for spite.
The press release stated the terms that Nova Classical Academy must abide by:
Gender-Neutral School Uniforms
- Nova will remove descriptions of disallowed clothing that includes language regarding “exposing the midriff” and “skimpy tank tops” and simply bar “any clothing not allowed under Nova’s school uniform guidelines.”
- Nova will add a cross reference to its gender inclusion policy in the uniform guidelines.
- Nova will eliminate gendered uniform policies and make all approved uniform items available without regard to gender.
‘Opt Out’ Not Allowed
- Nova will not adopt any gender policy that allows parents to opt out of requirements in the gender inclusion policy because of objections based on religion or conscience.
- Nova will not call parents’ or guardians’ attention to policy or law allowing them to opt out of specific instruction regarding gender inclusion.
- Nova will provide professional development for all staff on supporting gender diverse students, by welcoming schools or another national LGBT organization that specializes in providing schoolwide training to help staff “respond to bias-based bullying and create gender inclusive classroom environments” by the close of the 2018-2019 school year.
- Nova will ensure that all staff receive such training at least once every three years through 2025.