FAM­ILY IS­SUES

Calgary Sun - - COMMENT -

Re: Rally for GSAs, school coun­sel­lor Suzanne tiem­stra com­ments. Her com­ments, “They felt cer­tain telling their par­ents would re­sult in abuse, emo­tional black­mail, threats or home­less­ness” are dis­turb­ing and this is one rea­son she sup­ports Bill 24 that teach­ers and school coun­sel­lors should not in­form par­ents if their child joins a GSA. Sorry, Ms. tiem­stra, I am a lit­tle con­fused. As a school coun­sel­lor, is it not your duty to as­sist in the child’s con­cerns, as you listed, by meet­ing with the par­ents of the child to as­sist in ad­dress­ing these con­cerns. No child, gay or non gay, should have these type of fears in their home life or school life. You as a school coun­sel­lor (paid a salary by the par­ents who pay school taxes) should be do­ing your job, not en­cour­ag­ing them to at­tend ral­lies, which do noth­ing to ad­dress the needs of the child. When I went to school, if there were prob­lems, my par­ents and my­self were called in to the school coun­sel­lor’s of­fice and the prob­lem was ad­dressed with all par­ties present. Hid­ing the prob­lem from the par­ents only makes it worst.

JOHN ROWE (Par­ents de­serve way more re­spect than they are get­ting on this com­plex is­sue.)

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