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.)