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Dear Editor; To: Prin­ci­pal Don Yavis, Steve Neil­son, Cam McKeage, Education Min­is­ter David Eggen, Premier Rachel Not­ley and to whom ever it may con­cern,

Hi Don. We ap­pre­ci­ate you all. Thank you for invit­ing par­ents to the par­ent coun­cil meet­ing on Tues­day, March 8th to voice con­cerns and com­ments about the pol­icy draft in re­gard to “re­spect­ful learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment for di­verse sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion, gen­der iden­ti­ties and gen­der ex­pres­sions.”

My hus­band and I read over the lit­er­a­ture you pro­vided and one of our first thoughts was...why isn’t there a ques­tion in this list to ad­dress par­ent’s rights be­ing honored and re­spected? That may be in an­other pol­icy? It seems our parental rights are slowly slip­ping away as govern­ment re­quires more con­trol of the way our kids are shaped at school.

It seems we know about our kids with re­port cards, or, un­less they mis­be­have...in which case we are in­formed right away. So why don’t we get to know about their thoughts in re­gard to gen­der ex­pres­sion and sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion that may in­clude pe­dophilia as that is now re­garded as a sex­ual pref­er­ence or ori­en­ta­tion.

There are mul­ti­ple lay­ers of the way peo­ple can be dif­fer­ent from each other.

Why are we so di­verted to sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion when there are so many other ways we de­fine our­selves...ge­netic dis­abil­i­ties...dis­fig­ure­ments, fe­tal anom­alies, skin color, and lan­guages?

What we may be say­ing is that each ‘in­di­vid­ual’ should be pro­vided with a safe en­vi­ron­ment...not be con­de­scend­ing to one group but con­struc­tive to all.

Most peo­ple fall within a fairly nor­mal de­scrip­tive pat­tern, but the few in­di­vid­u­als that fall out­side of this, should not have to be sin­gled out. The school body should be able to grad­u­ally ad­just and in time nur­ture that per­son to their full po­ten­tial.

And that is what we pro­pose to the par­ent coun­cil and to the school board. Sin­cerely, Dr. Robert E. Darcy Gra­ham


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