Illinois Public School Secretly Transitions Special Needs Teen Students to Opposite Sex
USA TODAY OPINION, by Jack Keck
My daughter thinks she's transgender. Her public school undermined my efforts to help her.
I pleaded that my daughter's school call her by her legal name, use female pronouns. By refusing, they prevented her from getting the help she needs.
In April 2016, my then 14-year-old daughter became convinced that she was my son. In my attempt to help her, her public school undermined me every step of the way.
Throughout my daughter's childhood, there were no signs that she wanted to be a boy...............
The only difficulty she had was forming and maintaining friendships. We later learned why: She was on the autism spectrum. She was very functional and did well in school, helped by her Individualized Education Program (IEP), a common practice for public school students who need special education.
At her high school, my daughter was approached by a girl who had recently come out at school as transgender. Shortly after meeting her, my daughter declared that she, too, was a boy trapped in a girl's body and picked out a new masculine name.
OUR SCHOOL KEPT US IN THE DARK
She first came out as transgender to her school, and when she announced that she was a boy, the faculty and staff - who had full knowledge of her mental health challenges - affirmed her. Without telling me or my wife, they referred to her by her new name. They treated my daughter as if she were a boy, using male pronouns and giving her access to a gender neutral restroom.................
...........Now, thanks in large part to my daughter's school, my daughter is more convinced than ever that she is a boy, and that testosterone may be necessary for her to become her authentic self. "
hat tip to photographer Maria Tyutina for Woman Facing Back Photo