The meeting followed weeks of protests from district parents who oppose some of the measures, which they have criticized as potential left-wing indoctrination and a violation of parental rights.
The policies affect transgender student rights, privacy and restroom accommodations and would require Loudoun County Public Schools employees to use students’ preferred names or pronouns. An official school board vote on the proposal is not expected until at least Aug. 10.https://b9ea08ae1cc54d9d7432aca42738bd24.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html
But it has become a hot-button issue in the district, where 259 residents signed up to speak during the public comment session Tuesday and people lined up at the doors early to get seats in the packed auditorium.
The first half-dozen speakers were in support of policy proposal 8040, but fireworks erupted when the seventh, who identified herself as the mother of a transgender Loudoun student, was booed after saying “hate” was “dripping from the followers of Jesus in this room” – a swipe at Christian parents in the district who have argued that transgender discussions should be held at home and not in public school.
The board called a 5-minute recess to let things cool off.
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After the recess, board chair Brenda Sheridan said members had voted unanimously to end public comment if the room erupted again.
“The board is here to hear from everyone,” she said. “We started our meeting early because we knew we would have a large crowd and we had a large agenda. We ask again that you respect each other, and everyone is allowed to speak.”
Residents approached the podium to weigh in on both sides of the transgender proposal – but others brought up several other high-profile incidents in the community.”
Comment: My wife and I used to meet friends in a nice restaurant in Leesburg facing onto the old courthouse square where a Confederate soldier looked down at the passing folk. Over to one side of the grassy square a rather ugly and misshapen life sized statue of George Marshall seemed to be watching the Rebel. Marshall live in a modest way in Leesburg at Dodona Manor after he left government. Once a year in April there is a street fair for gardening and all the central streets are blocked of except for foot traffic and filled with booths. There is country music behind the Confederate soldier or rather where the soldier was until a couple of months ago. On the base was inscribed “Loudon County to her sons who died for Constitutional Government”
I say to this era’s sons and daughters of Constitutional Government “Don’t let the bastards grind you down.” pl
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