UPDATE: This piece has been updated to reflect a comment from the Michigan Department of Education.
A Daily Caller News Foundation reporter discussed potential policy changes in school districts across the country during a Monday appearance on Newsmax.
“There was like a personal responsibility put on the community, the educators, the teachers, the students to report each other if they see any sort of racist behavior, and so they want people to hold each other responsible and kind of be on the lookout kind of putting everybody on edge to report each other and into hold each other accountable,” DCNF reporter Reagan Reese said, while discussing a report about policies in the South Kingston School District in Rhode Island. (RELATED: ‘Metastasizing Like A Cancer’ — Parents Across The Country Sue Schools Over Clandestine Transitions)
“There’s also an aspect of this policy where, if there is just an instance of racism that is, I reported, there’s a no contact order that is administered, so then instantly without going into any detail about what has happened or doing an investigation, those two parties and involved are not to communicate not to be anywhere near each other,” Reese continued.
Reese also discussed teacher training reportedly provided by the Michigan Department of Education that allegedly instructed educators to conceal information about the sexual orientation and gender identity of students from parents.
“Family engagement is foundational to work with and on behalf of children, and collaborative relationships among parents, families, educators, and school staff are necessary to support the health, wellbeing, and academic success of every student,” the Michigan Department of Education said in a statement to the Daily Caller News Foundation. “To ensure the academic success and safety of every student, school staff work closely with parents and other family members to meet the needs of their children…School staff across Michigan have expressed an overwhelming desire to learn more about how they can protect and support LGBTQ+ students and focus on the important work of educating all students.
“These educators are basically told to not unintentionally out these students to their parents, to hide if they are noticing that they want to change their name or their gender and just to protect that student, let that student guide the process,” Reese said. “These are students who don’t really… their brains aren’t fully developed. Some of them still believe in Santa Claus, and they are told to, you know, be the ones who are driving this change in identity or change in gender thing. Keeping the parents in the loop might be beneficial.”
The South Kingston School District and the Michigan Department of Education did not immediately respond to requests for comment from the DCNF.
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