Maine school board members recalled after urging kids to keep ‘gender identities’ from parents

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Residents of Paris, Maine have voted to recall two progressive Maine Administrative School District (MSAD) 17 school board members after they backed a proposed gender-identity policy that would have allowed schools to keep the gender identities of students secret from parents.

Residents of the town voted on January 10, with a vote of 333 to 243, in favor of recalling school board director Sarah Otterson and school board member Julia Lester, according to WGME 13.

The policy would have allowed for students to use facilities like bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity. The policy would have also required school staff to keep conversations about a student’s gender identity confidential from parents.

This policy, however, was tabled in December following heated public comment sessions, in which parents expressed concerns regarding important information being kept from them.

In one October session, parent Charity Johnson said “A seven-year-old can choose to hide their gender identity from their parents or legal guardian and the teachers, the staff, administration, coaches, they will be bound to keep this information secret,” according to WMTW.

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