Delta County School Board Member and otherwise seemingly harmless old white lady Kathy Svenson of Colorado wants what’s best for the children. In her mind that apparently means castrating transgender students who try to use the bathroom.
At an October board meeting, Svenson attempted to warn her fellow board members of new issues they would have to face sooner than later, including the rights of transgender students. Svenson referred to an article in the Education Reporter on a recently passed law in California allowing trans students to participate in sports as well as to use the locker rooms and restrooms of the gender with which they identify.
Svenson vowed nothing like that would happen on her watch, at least “not until the plumbing’s changed”:
“I would like to pass out something that shows people what is going on in the rest of the country. Massachusetts and California have passed laws relating to calling a student, irrespective of his biological gender, letting him perform as the gender he thinks he is, or she is. I just want to emphasize, not in this district. Not until the plumbing’s changed. There would have to be castration in order to pass something like that around here.”
Though her comments have, unsurprisingly, stirred up controversy, Svenson is standing firmly/leaning steadily/sitting sleepily by her views.
“One of the board members said that she had gotten comments from my district, that the people are very unhappy with me commenting, they’re very abashed about what I said,” Svenson told KREX TV. “I don’t have a problem if some boys think they are girls, I’m just saying as long as they can impregnate a woman, they’re not going to go in girls locker room.”
Delta County District officials adopted a policy in June prohibiting discrimination against any student and so while they respect Svenson’s opinions, they won’t be changing anyone’s plumbing.
“We truly believe in Delta County School District, that every student has different needs, and that we are here to address those individual needs,” said assistant superintendent Kurt Clay. When asked if the district would ever “consider” Svenson’s castration comments, Clay replied flatly, “Absolutely not.”
As for Svenson’s opinions, they’re doubtless from another time and another place, namely California — headquarters of the Pacific Justice Institute. Last month PJI fabricated a story about a trans teen “harassing” her fellow classmates by using the girls’ bathroom.
Kathy Svenson has a point: the rights of trans students is an issue coming to Colorado, and around the country, but she and PJI should remember that these students are just kids — and they’re just like the other kids they’re so intent on saving.