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A Florida teacher is speaking out against her school district’s progressive gender policies that allow students to use any bathroom they want in alignment with their “gender identity.”
Brevard County Public School teacher Matthew Woodside joined “Fox & Friends First” to discuss the impact of the policies and how he thinks they affect students.
“I think we see that when we start to say that prima facie masculinity is just plain wrong, and that there are… no nice differences between us, we start to see this seamless confusion that happens” , Woodside said. host Todd Piro. “I truly believe that these children are created in the image of God, created for purpose, for purpose by a God who loves them and loves them so much that he died for them, because these children are intentional miracles.”
“Each of them, they’re done on purpose,” he continued. “And so for me, I teach boys and and and it’s my job to show them what a man looks like, to show them that we have to take responsibility for our actions, to show them that hard work is important , to show them that we are doing the right thing when no one is watching.”
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According Parent advocates for education, the district allows students to use the restrooms and locker rooms of their choice and requires teachers to use students’ preferred pronouns.
Woodside recalled an instance where a female student, who identified as male, allegedly used a male locker room and changed in front of male peers and a male teacher.
“It’s not safe for her,” Woodside said. “It’s not good for these other kids to be exposed to that, and so I think it’s important that we start to get back to that language of love and start saying, you know what, l love is not love if we sacrifice the truth.”
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“For those of us on the ground who have to vouch for these children who come through these doors, we find that it’s the exact opposite of loving and feeling safe to allow that to happen. “, he continued.
Meanwhile, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law earlier this year banning some elementary school teachers from carrying out “sexual orientation” or “gender identity” instructions.
The law, which has drawn debate and criticism from the left, went into effect on July 1 and affects students in kindergarten through third grade.