Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Dancing with Mr. D: Bullying Catholic Schools: the Wave of the Near Future

The Archdiocese of Vancouver is celebrating educational diversity in new ways, all because a family and their lawyer believe in celebrating diversity — and if you object because of your Catholic faith, they will sue you until you are forced to comply.
In a joint statement the Catholic Independent Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese and the family of Tracey Wilson, an 11-year-old diagnosed with gender dysphoria who had attended a Catholic school, announced the CISVA approval of a new policy that accommodates gender expression and students with gender dysphoria.
The Wilson family is applauding the CISVA for paving the way towards accepting gender expression and gender dysphoria in youth. It will be the first Catholic school district in Canada to have such a policy.
The new policy was developed after Tracey, who was diagnosed with gender dysphoria, filed a human rights complaint because her school did not accommodate her request to be treated as a girl.
The human rights complaint was resolved after the CISVA approved the Gender Dysphoria and Gender Expression policy and paid to the Wilsons an undisclosed sum.
The Wilsons took the child out of Catholic school over this, and put her in public school, but still sued the Catholic school system under Canada’s human rights law, and ended up not only getting the Catholic school to pay, but forcing this change on a private school system that she doesn’t plan on returning to.
It is thought that this will serve as a template for other Catholic school districts everywhere.