A brave eighth-grader at a school in the U.S. state of Virginia delivered a powerful speech to denounce a school board policy proposal that would allow boys to use girls’ bathrooms and locker rooms in the name of “inclusion.”
As reported by LifeSiteNews, Jolene Grover was one of many who spoke out about gender at the board meeting on Tuesday, June 8.
“Everyone knows what a boy is—even you,” Grover told the LCPS board, noting that “Your proposed policies are dangerous and rooted in sexism.”
Fourteen-year-old Jolene Grover raised her voice to represent a portion of the education community who feel that the policies being implemented in the name of “inclusion” trample on children’s rights and amount to child abuse.
“Two years ago I was told policy 1040 was just an umbrella philosophy and you weren’t going to allow boys into the girls’ locker rooms,” Grover said. “But here you are doing just that.”
Grover mentioned the 1040 policy proposal titled “Equal Opportunity for an Equitable, Safe and Inclusive Environment,” which was revised in 2019 to add “inclusive” language.
Meanwhile, the most recent proposal, 8350, entitled “Rights of Transgender and Gender Expansive Students,” states in one of its clauses that “students should be able to use facilities that correspond to their gender identity.”
Grover is currently home-schooled after her mother decided to home-school her after several controversial policies she disagreed with emerged last year.
As reported by Fox News, who interviewed the girl on Thursday, June 10, Grover said she was concerned that the school’s new rule would lead to girls being bullied and assaulted.
According to the controversial intended school policy, LCPS staff will allow transgender or gender-expansive students to use the name and gender pronouns of their choice. They may use any name that reflects their gender identity without corroborating evidence, regardless of the name and gender recorded in the student’s permanent education record.
Grove, during her presentation, told the school board that they “do this in the name of inclusion while ignoring the girls who will pay the price,” adding that their policies “choose the desires of boys over the needs of girls.”
Some of the participants expressed their views on the recent suspension of Loudoun County teacher Tanner Cross, who was forced to take administrative leave last month for refusing to use “preferred pronouns” to refer to so-called “transgender” children.
Cross told the school board, “I’m a teacher, but I serve God first, and I will not affirm that a biological boy can be a girl and vice versa, because it’s against my religion. It’s lying to a child. It’s abuse to a child. And it’s sinning against our God.”
Meanwhile, Rosie Oakley of Stand Up Virginia, a non-profit grassroots group aimed at protecting the education of children in the Commonwealth of Virginia, said the move against Cross “… speaks to the fact that politics has entered the classroom and entered the school systems.”
Undoubtedly, gender ideology, promoted primarily by the left, makes worrying inroads into the education system. It’s seeking to change children’s minds from an early age, sexualizing and distorting the natural view of their bodies and minds, something that many parents are seeing as a threat to their children’s physical and mental integrity.