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School nurse suspended for Facebook post accused of being “transphobic”

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The Hartford Public Schools board has suspended a 77-year-old school nurse after posts she made on social media. She was accused of transphobia and failing to respect the privacy of students by commenting publicly about what is going on at the school.

In a moms’ group, Kathleen Cataford, who works at Richard J Kinsella Magnet School, posted that there was an 11-year-old female student on puberty blockers and 12 other students identifying as “non-binary.”

“Investigate the school system curriculum…CT is a very socially liberal, gender confused state,” she wrote. “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 and school administration.”

“Teachers and SSW are spending 37.5 hours a week influencing our children, not necessarily teaching our children what YOU think is being taught. Children are introduced to this confusion in kindergarten by the school SW who ‘teaches’ social and emotional regulation and school expectations.”

Brain development continues into the early 20s and that’s why kids are not allowed to take legal drugs, Cataford argued, according to the Daily Mail. So, why is it okay for them to be put on puberty blockers and to go through “gender mutilating surgery,” she questioned.

Cataford’s post was brought to the attention of the school board by a parent. The board responded by suspending her pending an investigation to determine if she should be fired.

“Hartford Public Schools strives to provide an inclusive environment where all students feel seen, valued, respected, and heard,” 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.

“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.”

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