A public elementary school in Massachusetts is encouraging staff to replace “gendered” terms like “boys” and girls” with neutral words like “possums,” “peepadoodles,” and “epic humans.”
You know, to avoid offending people - and children - who refuse to accept their own biological reality.
The LGBTQ "Rainbow Club" and Witchcraft Heights Elementary School (real name, not from a Harry Potter episode), a K-5 public school in Salem, reportedly sent a letter to teachers and staff informing them that kids the group were bothered by hearing “gendered” language used in classrooms, complaining that teachers had divided classes up by gender for certain assignments, and had had the audacity to refer to students as “boys” and “girls.”
To correct this egregious error, club facilitators sent out a letter with a lengthy list of gender-“neutral” alternatives to such offensive terms to avoid upsetting “students who don’t know if they are a boy or a girl.” Among these were “cool cats,” “mateys,” and “citizens.”
“We are working on helping students develop language around these issues that are clearly important to them, and are working on educating ourselves as well,” the letter read.
The letter added that teachers should avoid using “gendered” terms that end in “man” or “woman,” and should omit words like “mother” and “father” in favor of the more inclusive “parent.”
Teachers in @WitchcraftElem1 were given a guide for using gender neutral terms. They’re told to stop using the terms “boys and girls” & “mother or father” and to use non gendered language because some students don’t know if they’re a boy or girl.— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) September 12, 2023
.@WitchcraftElem1 did not… pic.twitter.com/EnjXQUSMIc
Pretty on the nose for a school literally named “Witchcraft Heights,” to be honest.