‘It’s causing harm and it’s causing confusion’ – Family First hits out at gender neutral bathrooms in schools

first_img“Students with gender dissatisfaction must be given the very best support we can and handled with love and care, but ignoring biology is not a proper solution. To push the gender agenda in schools is a dangerous step to take.” Mr McCoskrie says calls for young people to have the “right” to use any toilet that matches their gender identity irrespective of their biological sex fail to consider the welfare of the whole school environment. We believe schools are being bullied into adopting ‘gender identity’ policies.”Family First director Bob McCoskrie TVNZ One News 14 March 2016Family First says allowing schools to introduce gender neutral toilets for transgender students is sending a “harmful message” and causing confusion.The lobby group is today publishing legal advice around incorporating transgender students into the school environment and its national director Bob McCoskrie believes schools are being bullied into policies instead of seeking guidance.At least one Wellington college has installed gender neutral bathrooms, and another is planning to.“Legal opinion says that legally schools don’t have to allow that which is good but at the same time they need to allow for special circumstances,” he told TVNZ’s Breakfast programme today.“What this is about is safety for the whole school environment and parents are not expecting their young daughters to be getting a biology lesson in the school toilets with a boy who thinks he is a girl.“It’s a safety factor as well. If you have a young girl who perhaps comes from a history of abuse, and then have a boy come in who thinks he is a girl, that’s harmful to her. You’ve got to consider both parties.”“We think it’s a harmful message. To target these messages at schools at young and vulnerable people saying if you’re not happy with yourself, you can change your sex, that’s a dangerous message, it’s causing harm and it’s causing confusion.“We want them to be unique and who they are but based on the reality of biology.”https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/its-causing-harm-and-confusion-family-first-hits-gender-neutral-bathrooms-in-schools.htmlSchools being ‘bullied’ over gender identity policies – Family FirstTVNZ One 14 March 2016A lobby group says schools are not required by law to allow transgender students access to shared toilets, showers and changing rooms.Family First says it has obtained a legal opinion for schools that says limiting access to toilets and changing rooms based on sex has long been considered appropriate given the need to provide a safe physical and emotional environment for all students.Family First NZ says limiting participation in sports teams on the basis of sex has also been about providing a safe physical environment particularly in the contexts of sports that involve physical contact and a physical contest of strength.The legal opinion says it is “overly simplistic and incorrect to say that schools are required to give transgender students access to shared toilets, showers and changing rooms”.But, the opinion acknowledges that schools need to consider and address the needs of students with gender dysphoria in a reasonable manner.“This legal opinion will give important information to principals who want to act in the best interests of the whole school community without fear of breaching the law,” Family First director Bob McCoskrie says. Last week two Wellington colleges revealed they are meeting the needs of transgender students by installing gender neutral bathrooms.https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/schools-being-bullied-over-gender-identity-policies-family-firstlast_img read more

Men’s soccer to welcome Michigan State to McClimon, provided good weather

first_imgAlthough there might be storms rolling into the area, the University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team is still preparing to welcome Michigan State to McClimon Saturday in what is sure to be a challenging match.Wisconsin (7-2-2, 3-1-0 Big Ten) has been off to a great start this October, earning four victories in a little under two weeks. The beginning of this season was rough for Wisconsin, with UW barely managing to keep their head above water during their first month of play.Men’s soccer: Badgers garner crucial win against in state rival MarquetteThe University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team wiped out their in state rival, the Marquette Golden Eagles, by a score Read…Now, Wisconsin seems to be finding their footing thanks in large part to Chris Mueller, Tom Barlow and Elan Koenig. All three have managed to score crucial goals for Wisconsin during the past few games, which have managed to garner more and more wins as the season continues.Wisconsin also has goaltender Philipp Schilling to thank for their recent success, and the fast-minded man has managed to hold opponents down to only three goals in the past four games. It is thanks to Schilling protecting the Badger net so well that his team has managed to excel to new heights in the past few weeks, and he is helping to lead the team throughout this trying month.Michigan State has also been off to a fantastic start this season, with a 9-1-1 record overall and a 3-0-1 record in the Big Ten. Michigan has managed to garner wins against teams like Rutgers, Michigan and Dartmouth. Although they did tie with Maryland at the end of September, they also managed to obliterate Ohio State the following weekend 5-1.The only team that has managed to hand the Spartans a loss was Akron earlier this week, but no Big Ten team has managed to defeat the Spartans. Wisconsin might be the team that can do the job, but only if they continue to build upon the success they have been creating as of recent.Men’s soccer: Badgers stumble against Rutgers, come out ahead in major Big Ten testIn a battle between Big Ten foes, the University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team took down Rutgers by a score of Read…One thing is for sure, Saturday’s matchup between these two teams is sure to be a nail-biter, and the winner of the game will mostly likely be the best team in the Big Ten. Wisconsin seems poised to handle a team like Michigan State, and nothing would be better for the Badgers than handing the Spartans their first loss of the season at McClimon.Fans are encouraged to watch the UW Athletics website as this game approaches, since a weather cancellation might be possible. If not, the match will begin at 7 p.m. and all fans in attendance will get official UW scarves for free as a bonus for attending the event.last_img read more

Man sentenced for robberies including at Hazel Dell bank

first_imgA man who committed a multiweek series of robberies in 2017, which included a Hazel Dell Chase Bank branch, was sentenced Tuesday to more than nine years in federal prison.Dannie Kay Alston, 67, pleaded guilty Feb. 21 in U.S. District Court in Oregon to the Aug. 7, 2017, robbery at the bank located at 200 N.E. 78th St., according to a Department of Justice news release. Alston also admitted to carrying out robberies in the Oregon cities of Medford, Salem and Roseburg through Sept. 9, 2017.U.S. District Court Judge Michael J. McShane ordered that Alston pay back the $11,748 stolen from the banks. Alston took $2,300 in the Hazel Dell robbery, the news release says.Around 3:30 p.m. Aug. 7, 2017, a man entered the Hazel Dell bank, approached a teller’s window and demanded money, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. No weapons were displayed. He then took the money and fled on foot. A police dog was called but was unable to locate the suspect, the sheriff’s office said.In all four robberies, Alston wore sunglasses and a ski or baseball cap to conceal his identity, the news release says. Alston communicated with bank tellers primarily with handwritten notes or signs.last_img read more