Good evening. My name is Huina, I have 2 young children in FCPS schools. First of all, I would like to thank school board’s effort in creating a nurturing environment for our students to grow. Second, I am speaking tonight because I want to voice some concerns related to the overall well-being of students regarding the forthcoming regulations implementing gender identity addition to the nondiscrimination policy and Student’s Rights and Responsibilities which strangely is being approved tonight with the claim of “no change” when it clearly has changed and appears to be violating the State laws.
I was here a few months ago listening to the testimony given by parents of transgender students. I was touched. No student should be subject to harassment, bullying or denied of educational opportunities. But when it comes to school regulations, we need to set the emotion aside and methodically scrutinize them from legal, logical and system-wise perspective. I am deeply concerned over the implications and consequences in the regulatory changes that are said to come. I have to say that I do not feel comfortable to have my children placed in the bathroom or locker room with anyone of their opposite biological gender, for the concerns of my children’s safety and privacy as well as the modesty that is ingrained in our culture. A single-use facility can be provided for them. But in my eye this policy will subject my children to the same discrimination and exclusion that the school board forbids to be done to gender dysphoric students.
As I have said, no student should be subject to harassment or bullying regardless of their height, their weight, their look, or their struggles with issues related to gender dysphoria. I am speaking this from the bottom of my heart because when I grew up, I used to be teased by my classmates simply because I sweat enormously. I was called “smelly skunk”. If I was such a girl in FCPS now, may I request the school to reduce the room temperature by 5 degrees so that I wouldn’t sweat at all and wouldn’t become the target of the bully? However, the important thing is I don’t believe schools’ inability of providing such accommodation has anything to do with lack-of inclusion.
Maybe the key to tackle that smelly skunk situation is not the room temperature itself, but more of an understanding of the human body differences, an emphasis on students’ character education, and providing more counseling services for those with special needs.
Dear school board members, you are in charge of developing school regulations. I am imploring each of you, please do not create more problems by precipitating a flawed implementation. Let’s decompose the issues rather than compounding them. Let’s do not make a well-intentioned policy become an ill-constructed nightmare. Let’s try out best to call for mutual understanding and respect, call for the consciousness of not gobbling the liquor to quench the thirst.