The following remarks were made by parent Stacy Manning to the Highline School Board Directors on September 20th regarding an incident on September 19th at Gregory Heights Elementary School. Link to 2-minute Public Comment here.
Yesterday, my fifth-grade son contacted me just as the school day began. He explained that his substitute “was a man, dressed as a woman with fake boobs and everything.” He left the classroom, located the principal, and explained that his parents wouldn’t want him to stay in class today. He was correct. Thus, Tuesday was filled with errands instead of class time.
My son, because he is growing up in a culture that victimizes children, is well-versed in the difference between gender dysphoria and autogynephilia. A distinction that many, if not most adults, do not comprehend.
According to the NIH, autogynephilia is defined as “a male’s propensity to be sexually aroused by the thought of himself as a female.”
So, how can my son determine whether he’s in the presence of a man who is suffering real, mentally distressing body dysmorphia or that he’s part of a captive audience of nine to ten-year-olds wantonly, without his or his parents’ consent, being subjected to a man who is sexually aroused, as he mocks femininity by wearing prosthetic breasts to better fill out his dress in the classroom?
The answer is? He cannot. No one can.
So my son, a ten-year-old, made the call to err on the side of caution and not subject himself to a potential fetishistic, opportunistic pervert. It is your job to keep our children safe, and my son did not feel safe at school yesterday.
Parents have the right to opt out of a so-called trans substitute, and it’s appalling to me that my son, at ten, apparently has more courage and wisdom than the adults employed by Highline (Adults that are supposed to have his best interests foremost in mind).
-Stacy Manning, Highline Parent