The parents of a six-year-old Ottawa girl have filed a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal because of her teacher’s odd ideas on gender theory.
According to The Post Millennial, Jason and Pamela Buffone — acting for their daughter, “N” — are taking the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board to the tribunal.
They are alleging discrimination on the basis of gender and gender identity in contravention of the Human Rights Code.
But wait: “N” doesn’t identity as transgender or anything else besides the little girl she is.
According to the website, in January 2018, her Grade 1 class at Devonshire Community Public School were made to watch a YouTube video as part of the lesson plan on gender.
The title: He, She and They? — Gender: Queer Kid Stuff #2. Post Millennial said the video contained statements like:
“Some people aren’t boys or girls” and that they don’t “feel like a ‘she’ or a ‘he.’”
The unnamed teacher apparently kept driving the issue with her class of six-year-olds.
The teacher reportedly told the kids “there is no such thing as girls and boys,” and “girls are not real and boys are not real.”
At home, the parents say, the little girl kept asking why her identity as a girl “wasn’t real,” wanted to go to a doctor to determine if she was a girl and said she wasn’t sure if she wanted to be a mommy.
That the subject was being drilled into their six-year-old caused concern, the family said.
But when they met with the teacher in question, the educator spoke of her commitment to teaching the material. She was not concerned about N’s distress nor did she do anything to affirm the child’s identity.
According to The Post-Millennial, the distressed parents contacted the school’s principal, Julie Derbyshire. The lessons, she explained, were to accommodate a child interested in expressing themselves as the opposite sex.
The child was reportedly being teased but their parents simply wanted other kids treat their child respectfully.
The Buffones later met with the school superintendent.
The complaint to HRTO reads: “The School Board did not agree to communicate with parents when sensitive discussions took place, nor did they agree to issue any directive or take corrective action in order to ensure that children of female gender identity were positively affirmed.”
It adds: “[The teacher] subjected N to ongoing discrimination on the basis of gender and gender identity, by a series of lessons that denied the existence of the female gender and biological sex and undermined the value of identifying as a female.”
“The principal and school board perpetuated and reinforced the discrimination that N experienced in her Grade 1 classroom, as neither Ms. Derbyshire nor any school board official took any corrective action to remedy it.”
The Buffones took the drastic measure to transfer their daughter to another school where she is thriving.
They are looking for the board not to “devalue, deny or undermine in any way female gender identity.” In addition, they want more consultation with parents on the sensitive issue and $5,000 in general damages.
The school board wants the application tossed.