According to the sourcelink, a Canadian couple from Ontario has filed a human rights complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, because their six year old daughter was left completely traumatized after being force-fed a bunch of gender theory nonsense at her school in the Ottawa-Carleton district.
Jason and Pamela Buffone filed the complaint against the school board on the basis of gender and gender identity discrimination.
Back in January of 2018, six year old “N” was shown, as part of a regular first grade lesson plan, a YouTube video called “He, She and They?!? – Gender: Queer Kid Stuff #2.” Before watching the video, “N” adored school, and was a happy and content little girl. After watching the video, which said things like, “some people aren’t boys or girls” and after listening to her teacher explain throughout the semester that “there is no such thing as girls and boys” and that “girls are not real and boys are not real,” “N” became distraught. She asked her parents if she could see a doctor about the fact that she was a girl, and seemed to be having trouble digesting the idea that her identity as a girl “wasn’t real.”
Keep in mind, up to that point, “N” was a perfectly well-adjusted, happy, normal, regular little girl, completely at peace and comfortable in her own skin. It wasn’t until she had “gender theory” shoved down her throat in her first grade classroom that she became completely confused, upset, and distressed.
Why was this part of the curriculum? Well, when the Buffones met with N’s teacher, “JB,” JB was fully committed to making sure to teach her students about gender fluidity because it demonstrated “change within society.” She also told the Buffones that teaching gender fluidity was part of School Board policy, and she seemed completely uninterested in the impact her “teachings” was having on the Buffones’ daughter.
So they went up the chain of command and spoke to Julie Derbyshire, the school principal, who informed them that in fact, there was another child in the same classroom suffering from gender dysphoria, and who was being teased by fellow classmates. HOWEVER, as the Buffones learned later, the parents of THAT child did not WANT the rest of the class to receive instruction about gender – they simply wanted the other kids taught not to bully their kid.
The Buffones weren’t getting anywhere, even after meeting with the Superintendent of the School Board and the Curriculum Superintendent. No action was taken.
The Buffones ended up transferring N to another school entirely, where she is thriving, and where she’s not subjected to “girls aren’t real” nonsense.
But the issue remained. The Buffones’ daughter wasn’t served well by her school. As the sourcelink points out, N’s teacher could have easily eased N’s distress:
Why couldn’t JB have explained that discomfort with one’s gender identity does occur, but rarely (fact); that it is often a passing phase (fact); that non-conforming dress and play preferences in childhood are normal and only infrequently indicative of deep or lasting dissatisfaction with one’s biological sex (fact); that most children stop having these doubts when they are teenagers (fact); most important, that almost all children are perfectly happy being exactly what they are (fact) and those children should not worry that they are not “real” boys or girls. Where was the difficulty in saying these things? N would have been reassured, and the one child in the class who was experiencing gender confusion would not have been adversely affected.
So the Buffones filed their complaint, which concluded that the teacher, “subjected N to ongoing discrimination on the basis of gender and gender identity, by a series of lessons that denied the existence of the female gender and biological sex and undermined the value of identifying as a female.”; ii) “The Principal and School Board perpetuated and reinforced the discrimination that N experienced in her Grade One classroom, as neither Ms. Derbyshire nor any school board official took any corrective action to remedy it.”
What did the Buffones ask for as a remedy? Nothing too crazy – just that the school board ensure that any classroom instruction “not devalue, deny, or undermine in any way the female gender identity,” to give parents a heads up before any instruction on gender identity would take place, along with distribution in advance of related materials, and $5000 in damages to compensate for the trouble.
The School Board’s lawyer asked for an immediate dismissal of the claim, essentially saying that even if N was negatively impacted by the teacher’s dumb lesson, she had no recourse because it was within the teacher’s right to teach curriculum endorsed by the Minister of Education.
Back to the sourcelink for this summary:
The School Board is taking a “letter of the law” approach. They are basically stipulating that the Buffones’ account of N’s experience is factual, but irrelevant. In other words, they don’t deny the lessons had an adverse effect on the child’s psychological well-being. They are simply saying that whether or not she has been adversely affected is not, legally speaking, grounds for a human rights complaint.
Nice, huh? “Yeah, we screwed up your kid totally, but not in any way that you can legally fight us on. K thx.”
The Buffones aren’t giving up. They believe they have a case, because the Human Rights Code in Ontario says “a poisoned environment is a form of discrimination.” They also said that when their only option was to move their daughter out of that school, they were effectively being excluded unfairly. I think they’re right on both counts, but I’m not a lawyer, so…
It’ll be interesting to follow this story to see how it plays out. But it’s a sad statement about where we are as a society that we have to worry about one kid’s mental issues impacting ENTIRE CURRICULA. Especially given that that kid’s parents didn’t make that demand in the first place, and simply wanted the students to be taught about how to respectfully treat others (a perfectly reasonable ask).