Last year a Swampscott Elementary School principal made headlines when he came out as a BLT-123 and demanded that students start referring to him as “they.”
He did this in the middle of a school year, confusing the shit out of a bunch of kids, and then to complete his mental breakdown just stopped coming to school a few weeks later, prompting the media to swarm the school and further disrupt the learning process. Turns out he was already in danger of not being rehired at the end of the year due to shitty performance, and this was just a last ditch effort to make it harder for them to get rid of him. Since then he’s stepped down and got a job as a classroom teacher in Swampscott.
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Anyway, Principal Tom Daniels changed his name to Shannon Daniels and wants kids to call him by a grammatically incorrect pronoun, which is a wicked smart thing to do to young kids. What better way to teach kids the English language than to show them how to butcher it?
But as it turns out, “Shannon” Daniels didn’t like that name either. He’s now a fourth grade teacher at Clarke Elementary School in Swampscott, and is going by a completely different made up name – Tonia Tomas, and wants new pronouns. Except the problem is that he’s been forcing students to refer to him as “they” for the first two months of the year. This is an email sent out by the school principal, forwarding an email from the biologically male former principal, about how he’s going to adjust kids to his new pronouns. It’s one of the most insane things I’ve ever read.
Remember when kids went to school and learned about math, science, social studies, and English? Good times.
First of all, what in the ever loving fuck does this even mean? He’s been having kids call him “they” all year and now wants them to call him “her.” And in order to do that he’s created a fictional character called Ms. Hershey. Because this is why I sent my fourth grade son to school – to be an active participant in this guy’s mid-life crisis/complete mental breakdown.
Another problem is that according to the agreement he reached with the school district, he said he didn’t intend on switching pronouns during the school year.
Before the start of the 2019-2020 school year, Daniels must inform the school district about the title and pronouns he chooses to use. If he chooses to change his pronoun usage during the school year, Daniels must provide two weeks’ notice to the school district and be available to discuss what communications are necessary to provide to students and parents about the change.
“While Daniels retains the right to change title and/or pronouns at any time, Daniels does not intend to switch back and forth between multiple titles and/or pronouns throughout the school year and recognizes the importance of clarity and consistency,” reads the agreement.
So he said he wouldn’t do this during the school year, and then he went and did it anyway. Because at the end of the day this is all about him. The needs of the kids are secondary. Look, I’m all for tolerance. If you wanna call yourself a woman and dress like one that’s your right. But I draw the line when you start dragging my kid into your bullshit and making him play along. Kids in other fourth grade classes don’t have to deal with this distraction and circus. They’re learning how to read and write, and they’re allowed to be kids. But not the students in this dude’s class. They have to humor the delusions of a mentally ill man who’s created an imaginary “Ms. Hershey” which is some sort of step in getting them to call him different pronouns.
I’m sorry, but if my son is in this class I’d tell him to call him Mr. Daniels and dare them to punish him for it. Enough is enough.
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