Even as voters in nearby Houston defeated a ballot measure that would have given men who self-identify as female access to women’s restrooms, locker rooms and shower facilities, staff members at a learning center just west of the city were dismissed over transgender issues.

Madeline Kirksey was fired from the Children’s Lighthouse Learning Center in Katy, Texas for failing to comply with a directive from the administration to call a female student by a newly-given masculine name after being told the student is transgender.

Another teacher, who has asked not to be identified, was also fired.

The child’s two male parents cut her hair and told the learning center’s administrator that she was now a boy and should be addressed as such. Staff were provided a handout, “How to Handle Transgender Students”

that presented guidelines for dealing with this type of situation.

Although Kirksey said part of her concern arose from the child’s own confusion, wanting to be a boy one day and then yelling at classmates to call her a girl, the dismissed teacher said her main issue had to do with the instructions to “educate students” about transgenderism.

Kirksey said she believes the issue is best discussed by parents in the home rather than having be introduced and forced upon other people’s young children.

The teacher, who is a Christian, said the policy amounts to the school forcing its beliefs on the other families and their children.

“I don’t think we should be talking to other people’s children who are under the age of 18 about being transgender.”

Kirksey, who said she had been commended in previous performance reviews at the school, says she was fired after insisting that the parents be notified of the situation and having the right to discuss it in the home with their child as they saw fit in accordance with their own beliefs.

“Children should not be exposed at such an early age to the issue of gender identity,” said Kirksey, adding that she had concerns that girl’s two male parents were forcing the issue on her.

Kirksey notified Child Protective Services about her concerns and said that the she feels the child needs to be evaluated by professionals to determine if she is, in fact, confused about her gender identity.

“Some days she screams, ‘I’m not a boy!’ when her classmates call her by her new masculine name. They’re confused, as well,” said the teacher.



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