A nurse at a middle school in Connecticut has reportedly been placed on leave after posting a comment on Facebook revealing that multiple young students at her public school were being treated as “non-binary,” most of them without the knowledge or permission of their parents.
Kathleen Cataford, a nurse at the Richard J Kinsella Magnet School in Hartford, was reportedly suspended Monday after posting to Facebook: “As a public school nurse, I have an 11yo female student on puberty blockers and a dozen identifying as non-binary, all but two keeping this as a secret from their parents with the help of teachers, SSW [social workers] and school administration.”
Cataford added that “children are introduced to this confusion in kindergarten,” and that “confused prepubescent children” are being “mutilat[ed].”
"Teachers and SSW are spending 37.5 hours a week influencing your children, not necessarily teaching your children what YOU think is being taught," she added.
The post was apparently seen by the parents of the 11-year-old that Cataford had referenced, who then brought the comment to the attention of the school. After placing Catagord on leave pending an investigation, district officials released a statement suggesting Cataford’s comments went against the “inclusive environment” and “safe place” the school district tries to maintain – apparently even to the exclusion of parents who may not know their child is being socially “transitioned” at school.
“Hartford Public Schools strives to provide an inclusive environment where all students feel seen, valued, respected, and heard,” Hartford Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez said in a statement.
“We uphold all of our staff to a high standard, entrusting them to be caretakers and leaders in the community,” she said. “We as a school district are responsible for the health, well-being, social and emotional development, and safety of ALL of the children entrusted to our care.”
“It is our responsibility to support our students' growth, personal experiences, and social-emotional development,” Torres-Rodriguez added.
Good to know that Hartford schools considers their faculty to be children's "caretakers" - just not the child's own parents.