MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The debate over how schools should handle transgender students got heated Wednesday afternoon. The Minnesota Department of Education created guidelines for the state’s K-12 public schools.

On Wednesday, supporters and opponents of a proposed “transgender tool kit” showed up at a meeting to share their opinions, and each side has strong views.

The issue of finding the best way to interact with transgender students is so sensitive that even a discussion about it triggers high emotion — especially among the students themselves.

“The time I cry about the most are the times the teacher didn’t understand why my name was so important, why my pronouns were important, why it was important for me to feel safe in school,” one transgender student said in the meeting’s public comment period.

More than 200 people came to a meeting at the Minnesota Department of Education.

“The Minnesota Department of Education has put together a tool kit that many families — moms, dads, students — are concerned threatens the bodily privacy of young men and women in schools by allowing mixed sex access into women’s and men’s-only spaces like locker rooms,” Stephani Liesmaki of the Minnesota Family Council said.

Others believe this is step in the right direction to help prevent bullying.

“Transgender and gender-nonconforming students are really struggling in Minnesota, and we have evidence and data that helps us with that information,” Esme Rodriguez of UpFront Minnesota said.

David Edwards is a parent of a transgender child in elementary school.

“Teachers are usually pretty great and kids are great too,” he said. “But when they don’t know what to do when dealing with a student like this, some kind of scary things start to happen.”

Department of Education leaders say the document is a resource, not a set of required policies for school districts.

Education leaders voted to approve the guidelines Wednesday evening, so it will be distributed to school districts and charter schools statewide.

Comments (30)
  1. Is B%@*h with a D$#k a pronoun?

  2. Jim Monks says:

    How about the beta male dad? Im surprised he could get laid. Any parent of a transgender elementary school child should be imprisoned. A child at that age is pre-sexual, and the only ideas “it” is getting about sex are from this beta male father, and, Im quite sure, over domineering “feminist” mother. That poor poor child. So many years of abuse to go… I feel like this need to over virtue signal is a hybrid form of munchausen by proxy syndrome.

  3. Surely the tool-kit will not be COMPLETE unless it includes a razor-blade for the little boys seeking such a (((popular))) endeavor…

  4. Sorry, I’m not falling for your pseudo “Debate”. This phony concern over how certain mentally ill people manifest their disease is a manufactured issue by a morally bankrupt political party. There are no “transgender” children and any adult teaching children to question their gender should be facing felony charges for child endangerment.

  5. Could Angela Davis have done any more of a poor journalism job with this empty piece of fluff???

    The “Transgender Tool Kit,” which is even part of the article title, is NOWHERE discussed in the article, other than ““The Minnesota Department of Education has put together a tool kit…” and EVEN THEN, not a single word of what this “tool kit” consists of.

    LOTS of empty copy about the conflicts the subject raises, but NOTHING about the FOCUS of the article…

    Worse yet, her editor (ASSUMING she has one) signed off on this non-informative waste of space.
    SHAME ON YOU, ANGELA DAVIS. You are supposed to write about the topic, not just cram a bunch of emptiness together that vaguely relates to the issue at hand.

  6. Gordon Corey says:

    Think of the bathrooms – – – –

  7. Trump won, we don’t have to do this any more.

  8. Transgender ELEMENTARY student!?!?!? Prima-facie evidence of repeated sexual child abuse!!!! What is WRONG with these people?!?!?!?!?!?

  9. What percentage of our population claims to be a part of this anomaly? Very small, I’m guessing. We should continue to ensure the rights of the majority….not the minority. It makes no sense to me to get one’s panties all bunched up over an issue that affects so few people. The minority should accommodate the will of the majority….not the other way around. I can support separate facilities for these people who claim to be a sexual anomaly, but I do not support their demand to use any sexual-separated facility that is not consistent with their biological sex. In other words, I do not want some teenage boy who claims to be a girl to use the girl’s locker room at school. This is a situation I see as irrational. The minute science can figure out a way to change a person’s DNA, I’ll reconsider my view on this matter.

  10. Paul Rodgers says:

    Sorry…..But the concept of a boy or girl “identifying” as something else and expecting people to conform to their wishes is asinine. The expectations of the individuals and the LGBT community are WAY out of whack and by encouraging this type of behavior they are creating situations that WILL harm these children during their most formative years when they are too young to have any clue about life. These are CHILDREN. I will go a step further and say that the LGTB community is manipulating these children to benefit their agenda pure and simple. If a 20 year old wants to be transformed into the opposite sex and can afford the work, great. But for children in grade school…..The LGTB community should be charged with endangering the welfare of a child for putting this garbage into teh heads of children that young.

  11. Tony Konte says:

    Transgender Tool-Kit like what, a box containing scissors

  12. Jerry Walton says:

    Hope that “tool kit” includes a prescription to a long series of psychiatric visits.

  13. Jennie White says:

    All the comments here cement the fact these children face an uphill battle against ignorance and bigotry. Transgender individuals exist, and it is not within the rights of the majority to simply “bully” them out of existence, try as they might.

  14. “Anti-racists” say there’s a RACE problem. They say it’ll be solved when non-Whites pour into ALL & ONLY White nations and “assimilate” to get a brown mixture.

    They say only White nations have this RACE problem; they say non-White nations are fine.

    If I object to my own genocide these “anti-racists” say I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they’re anti-racist. What they are is anti-White.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

  15. bdnsc says:

    “Transgender Tool Kit”……I thought Billy Jean King already tried this when she rep’ed for Snap On Tools!

  16. Ted Donahue says:


  17. Jerry Snaper says:

    This type of thing weakens America. A weak America is good for the islamic objective of introducing sharia and their world domination.

  18. Perfect example of Americans vs Progressives. Progressives are rampant in the Republican party. This is not for the kids. It’s yet another attempt to dismantle all of the things Americans believe in. You know it and I know it and they know it. Dismantling capitalism is the ultimate goal. Every single one of these characters is a Democrat. This is why we have not my choice as President. Equality is a bad thing. A disease. It’s destructive and serves to punish success.
    Russian type government schools destroy competition and the students pay. Ask any one of them who we fought to become independent. How about where do we get our rights from? The youth are horribly uninformed and it’s sad how we keep lowering the bar.
    Test scores and graduation rates are ALWAYS sliding down due to the Teachers Union thugs.