Montford Middle School Teachers Encouraged Not to Share Conversations on Gender Issues with Parents

Montford Middle School Teachers Encouraged Not to Share Conversations on Gender Issues with Parents

Emails show that the club sponsor of the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) club at Montford Middle School advised a teacher that they were not obligated to share information from students related to gender/sexuality issues with their parents.

Stacy Thompson, the media specialist at Montford and GSA sponsor, was asked a question by a teacher after Thompson sought out volunteers to post “Safe Place” flags in Montford classrooms.

The teacher responded to Ms. Thompson’s request:

“I am 100% a safe person, and I will get a flag…..but I do have a question. Because it has been in the public conversation lately…..if a student shares something with me, am I obligated to inform the parent?” (Emphasis added)

Ms. Thompson followed up with her view of the teacher’s responsibility:

“No. I think there are privacy laws protecting the student. Obviously if it is self harming, yes. But questions about sexuality and choosing different pronouns, no. I think slide 2 has a link that explains some about that. I appreciate you asking.”

Another email from Camilia Wilson, a reading teacher who is helping with GSA club, informed teachers that being a “Safe Place” also required that teachers not “out students” to their parents.

Wilson wrote in an email to Ms. Thompson,

“Then, for staff, inform them of what it ultimately means to have one of these “Safe Space” signs, perhaps including tips for HOW to have these conversations (listen…), what to do (don’t out students to their parents, only REPORT if they indicate that they are self harming or have suicidal thoughts), and highlighting the importance and the RESPONSIBILITY that we have as educators to be supportive of these students.” (Emphasis added)

TR has previously written about Leon County middle school officials who interviewed a student and developed a gender transition plan without notifying the student’s parents. The plan also included a strategy to hide the situation from the parents during school related communications.

20 Responses to "Montford Middle School Teachers Encouraged Not to Share Conversations on Gender Issues with Parents"

  1. My daughter attended Montford ……..if I had had any idea such junk was being processed thru the curriculum ,I would have been front and center in the school boards face (AND the Supt ) …………………….THEY work for us , not the other way around…………confront them head on and refuse to be shut down by anyone !! AND tell these reps of minority groups to go pound sand , stick with their own kind and leave the rest of us the heck alone !!

  2. Parents should attend en mass at the next several school board meetings and talk about these policies at Montford to undermine the sanctity of a family. Teachers and administrators should be fired. Lastly, what’s happening at other school? Are transgender boys allowed to go in girl bathroom and locker room. Start the discussion! Have your objections heard!

  3. I have been seeing this a lot lately, not just in Tallahassee. What I would like to know is, Where were these Teachers 3 Years ago? Are these the same Teachers or are these NEW Teachers bring this stuff into the Schools? I just don’t remember these Issues being in the Class Rooms 3, 5, 10 Years ago.

  4. A public school teacher on my street has displayed a sign in her yard that reads: “Honk and wave, a teacher lives here.”

    I have never heard anyone honk or seen anyone wave in two years…

  5. The ten negatives responses are proof that the club is needed. If the children are hearing these comments from parents, we now know how important the need to listen is. It is difficult to believe the ten comments posted came from parents with young children. My hope in the future parents will be willing to accept and love their children as they are.

  6. @Barb, I have news for you, unless you are referring to a private or charter school that is not religious affiliated, they have liberal stuff like this in town. When you get to college, you will have things like this no matter where you look, including institutions like Notre Dame and BYU. So if you want to escape this little distraction, I guess everyone should move to a place like Saudi Arabia or some other tight grip nation. They encourage close minded obedience and something like this is certainly a no go.
    2nd, shame on anyone at Montford for using email to communicate this. It is all public record once they do. Pick up the phone and handle the situation unless you want it plastered all over the news.

  7. I support Teachers and Ms. Thompson trying to be a listening ear for the students. From comments printed from presumably parents, it’s obvious why students went to Ms. Thompson in the first place. If students are hearing the rhetoric coming from parents complaining, it’s obvious the students are hurting and need adults to listen to them. Criticizing Ms. Thompson in public will hurt your children and only God can save them from such hurtful parents.

  8. Teachers and Staff should NEVER be talking to Students about LGBTQ+ Issues unless that Student comes to them First and ONLY THEN.

  9. I thought middle school was a safe space. This is an outrage to indulge mental disorder or worse. And a teacher is responsible for outing anything illegal or beyond normal to the parents, at least.

  10. Law suits will only make corrupt bar members richer. Send a constitutional notice to the board, supervisor and the principal showing where they are violating the constitution. If they don’t stop you follow up with a sworn affidavit demanding that they counter your affidavit with a sworn affidavit showing where they have the power to violate your rights. You add a clause that if they fail to respond in 10 days they agree by acquiescence and it can be use as evidence in arbitration or any court of record.

    9 times out of 10 they will correct their errors once it is shown to them under penalty of law that they are violating said law.

  11. Where is the Supt. / School Board? They are responsible for employee behavior. Are these teacher sponsors using these clubs in conjunction with adult clubs outside of school? Are these clubs being used in recruiting efforts? Needs further investigation.

  12. Public schools, using my tax dollars, have no business promoting this sick perversion.
    Especially in a middle school.
    All involved need to be fired immediately – to send a message.

    Bill Montford should ask to have his name removed from the skrewel.
    Rename it RuPaul Middle School.

  13. Ms. Thompson says, “I think there are privacy laws protecting the student.” I think not.

    Specifically, what laws, Ms. Thompson? What laws are there that state that school employees are presumed to be safer guardians of children than their parents? We do not live under Marxist rule and we are not going to live under Marxist rule.

    This is, at the heart of it, an attack on Judeo/Christian beliefs. Not only is GSA in opposition to these beliefs on sexuality but it is also in opposition to Judeo/Christian beliefs on parental rights and the proper role of government.

    Judeo/Christian beliefs are what this country was founded upon and made great upon.

    Parents, flee the traditional public school system as you would a plague. Enroll your children in a charter school, private school or homeschool program.

  14. Unbelievably over the top insanity. The damage these reprobates are doing to our children is unforgivable. They are demented, depraved, and evil… and there’s no getting around that anymore.


  15. This situation has “class action law suit” written all over it.
    Parents of Montford students band together and teach these lefty pervs a lesson. And BTW get paid at the same time. These lefty pervs need to be stopped.

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