The Left is now dictating our speech, specifically our pronoun usage.
Taking a page straight out of George Orwell’s 1984, the Chicago Public School (CPS) system released new guidelines mandating all students and employees to use the pronouns and names requested by the transgender and "gender non-conforming" individuals, or face consequences. Trans and gender non-conforming students may also use the restroom and locker-room of their choice.
The CPS system released two sets of extremely similar guidelines; one for “Adults” and one for “Students.” Both explicitly state that “appropriate consequences” will be divvied out if an individual “intentionally” fails to use the requested pronouns of another individual. Kindly, they gave us examples of “common” pronouns: “’they,’ ‘their,’ ‘ze,’ ‘he’ and ‘she.’”
Per the student guidelines: "[T]he intentional or persistent refusal by students or school staff to respect a student’s gender identity (for example, intentionally referring to the student by a name or pronoun that does not correspond to the student’s gender identity) is a violation of these Guidelines, the Student Code of Conduct, and Comprehensive Non-Discrimination, Title IX and Sexual Harassment Policy. Such violations will result in appropriate consequences for offending staff and students.”
Similarly, per the adult guidelines: “The intentional or persistent refusal by school staff or students to respect an individual’s gender identity...is a violation of these Guidelines the Student Code of Conduct, and Comprehensive Non-Discrimination, Title IX and Sexual Harassment Policy. Such violations will result in appropriate consequences for offending staff and students."
As The Daily Caller notes, “Under the guidelines, schools cannot require transgender individuals to obtain a court order or gender change before forcing the new vocabulary upon students.”
So, on Monday, when Johnny claims to identify as Gabrielle, and wants to be referred to by such name, and by the pronoun “ze,” the teacher and students must capitulate or face “appropriate consequences.”
Plus, Johnny—I mean Gabrielle—can use the girls' locker-room and restroom, too.
Oh, and the school can’t inform Johnny’s parents about his new “identity” without the “student’s permission.” “[W]hen speaking with other staff members, parents, guardians, or third parties, school staff should not disclose a student’s preferred name, pronoun, or other confidential information pertaining to the student’s transgender or gender nonconforming status without the student’s permission, unless authorized to do so by the Law Department,” read the guidelines.
"[T]he intentional or persistent refusal by students or school staff to respect a student’s gender identity...is a violation of these Guidelines...Such violations will result in appropriate consequences for offending staff and students.”
-Chicago Public School System
This should go swimmingly.
The CPS system released a statement on their webpage, proudly standing by their Orwellian guidelines. “The guidelines released today will help ensure every student and adult in the CPS family can participate in an environment of complete tolerance and respect,” said CPS Chief Education Officer Dr. Janice K. Jackson.
H/T The Daily Caller