California teacher Olivia Garrison, a non-binary 9th grade history teacher, has boasted about helping students transition behind their parents back.
Garrison boasts that she has facilitated social transitioning such as name and appearance changes as well as implementing pronouns.
She justified her underhanded approach by blaming parents.
"My job, which is a public service, is to protect kids… Sometimes, they need protection from their own parents," Garrison told The Times. She did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The report concerned liberal parents who were outraged about teachers such as Garrison icing them out of their child's care.
The district Garrison works for is also involved in blocking parents from being in the know on social transitions. For example, the California district has a pronoun change request form that students can fill out without their parents knowledge or involvement, according to its website. The district goes on to list Garrison as an adviser at the GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) club.
"Please complete the Request for Name Change/Gender Marker form and submit to your site principal. A parent signature is not required to submit the form," the district said.
Garrison is just one of many such teachers around the world usurping parental knowledge and consent.
It is well documented that children who begin social transitioning often continue on to irreversible and harmful pathways such as puberty blockers and cross sex hormones. Medical interventions leave children infertile and with no sexual function as adults.
Binary spokeswoman Kirralie Smith said teachers have absolutely no right to usurp parental consent.
“Teachers are not trained medical professionals, and they certainly cannot replace a parent in a child’s life,” she said.
“It is unacceptable that policies are being implemented and decided upon that exclude parental knowledge or consent.
“Children can’t even go on school excursions without permission from their parents, so how on earth is it acceptable to allow them to take such drastic measures as changing their identity without parental involvement?”
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