Some Pennsylvania teachers are promising to defy the district’s requirement that students’ birth names, biological pronouns, be used

At least five teachers in an eastern Pennsylvania school district have reportedly claimed that they will not comply with a district recommendation that teachers use birth names and biological pronouns with all students unless their parents were asked to provide one new names and alternative pronouns.

According to a report first published by the Bucks County Courier TimesTwo teachers at Central Bucks West High School have publicly denounced the practice of so-called “deadnaming” of allegedly transgender or otherwise gender-nonconforming students and have vowed to defy any policies that require it.

“A lot of us are disturbed” by the politics, said CBWHS English teacher Rebecca Cartee-Haring.

“I felt physically nauseous at that meeting,” she continued why“Listening to an administrator basically arguing that we’re protecting ourselves by outing kids… it’s heartbreaking. … It’s just cruel.”

Cartee-Haring, who has taught at CBWHS for 16 years, also claimed to speak for many other teachers at the school.

“There are very few hills where teachers will die,” she said. “But in this case, most of the people I spoke to said, ‘I’m willing to put myself in the line of fire, if I have to be in a meeting with an angry parent, I will.’ “

One of her colleagues at CBWHS, David Klein, appears to be in solidarity with Cartee-Haring over the new district recommendation. Since then, Klein has taught social studies at the school 2000, and he indicated that his seniority gives him some protection against district policies with which he disagrees. The new Gender Recommendation is such a policy.

“There’s no way I’m going to hurt a child. H*** no. I can’t be complicit in harming children,” Klein explained. “…[T]This is the most vulnerable, marginalized group of students. They need our support more than anyone else.”

WHYY reported that Klein raised his voice when he spoke. According to WHYY, he became even more emotional as he continued to voice his concerns about the safety of LGBTQ Students he fears may not feel supported at home.

“Excuse me,” Klein apologized as he choked.

WHYY claims to have interviewed another teacher who would not follow the policy, but that teacher chose to remain anonymous. That Daily caller also reported that two teachers at nearby Lenape Middle School also vowed not to comply with the policy, although their names were not released. These teachers also reportedly said other teachers at the school had also promised resistance.

Despite the controversy, District Superintendent Abram Lucabaugh maintained that the policy was merely a recommendation, not a requirement, and that schools would consider each situation “on a case-by-case basis.”

“The district understands the importance and sensitivity of this issue. Every child is unique, every situation is different, and our school counselors—trained professionals—work individually with students and build relationships based on caring and compassion,” said Lucabaugh. “Should a teacher receive a name change request from a student, the teachers bring our school counselors into this conversation. We also understand that parents are also stakeholders in these matters. We work with students and their parents/guardians on a case-by-case basis to find an amicable solution for each student.”

The Central Bucks School District is north of Philadelphia, near the New Jersey border.

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Laura Coffey

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