1/ THREAD: I was at a conference a few years ago where the headmaster of a well-known school was addressing the room about the school’s wonderful trans-inclusive policy. He was very, very proud of it.
2/ A couple of girls from the school had made a presentation about gender dysphoria and double mastectomies. The room applauded. It was surreal. If I remember rightly a mediocre song was also sung, accompanied by a couple of chords on the guitar.
3/ A long-haired boy who obviously had a serious eating disorder, in a skirt so short we could almost see his underwear, stood up & read a poem about being trans & oppressed. At least I think it was a poem, I was focused on the obvious eating disorder, & it was a while ago now
4/ While the headteacher was speaking, a young woman burst unannounced into the back of the room. She had blue hair & black eyeliner. She interrupted him, announced she was non-binary and complained about cleaning staff removing sanitary bins from the boys toilets.
5/ All eyes were on her. The headmaster was embarrassed & apologetic . He said that the school had already spent a lot of money giving the teachers trans-appropriate training and they did not have enough money left to train the cleaning staff. He was almost pleading with her.
6/ The young woman waxed eloquent for a little longer. I was gobsmacked that her obviously planned interruption was considered acceptable, so I missed some of what she said. The headteacher, humiliated, apologised some more. I found it hard to believe what I was seeing.
7/ At the lunch break I approached the headteacher, wanting to discuss what resources the school used. He was not exactly rude but he was brusque and immediately told me he had no time to talk to me. He turned his back on me and left the room.
8/ He went and sat in a window seat in the hallway just outside the conference room and spent the entire break placating the blue-haired young woman who had sabotaged the presentation that he had clearly worked so hard on.
9/ So where am I going with this? Why am I tweeting about it now, after all this time? Because such compliance will never be enough and it does all involved a disservice.
10/ The girls glorifying elective double mastectomies needed educating about the realities of surgery. The boy needed help for his mental health issues & eating disorder. The blue-haired non-binary girl needed a detention & a meeting with her parents re inappropriate behaviour.
11/ Adults in positions of authority have renounced their power to tyrannical, deluded children. Kids need boundaries and they need to know that they can trust adults to keep them safe. We are failing them badly and it won’t end well. That’s it.

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