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An instructional coach at Linn-Mar High School called Sheri Crandall defended the district’s radical transgender policy at Monday night’s school board meeting. Crandall opened her presentation by providing her preferred pronouns and said that offering those suicide attempts may decrease by up to 65 percent.

“That is a huge effect for such a small gesture,” she said.


Crandall then said the district has followed the privacy for more than five years.

“It’s the law, so why not make this clear in district policy so that there’s transparency and understanding,” she said.

Crandall said her goal is to protect all students at Linn-Mar. And, she added, if there is an active shooter in the building, it is her responsibility to get all students out — not some, not the ones who act or look a certain way — but all of them.

“I take that same serious stance with our transgender students and their rights,” she said.

Crandall said there is “no evidence” of a transgender person molesting children in a bathroom or locker room.

“However, there are numerous cases of students and children being molested by people who should be safe to our children,” she said. “Clergy, family members, coaches, and yes, unfortunately, even teachers.”

Crandall denied public education is causing transgender people to rise.

“The number of trans people isn’t increasing, it’s the number that publicly identify as trans because we’re trying to normalize and make it safer,” she said.

Crandall said not one of the teachers in Linn-Mar is trying to groom children to be homosexual or transgender.

Concerned students are welcome to visit Crandall, she said, promising to give them numerous ways to feel safe if the policies make them feel uncomfortable.

Details about the policy can be found here. It includes not telling parents about a student’s “transgender status, legal name or gender assigned at birth.”

The board passed the policy 5-2 on Monday night.

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  1. Transphobia is treatable. Please consult with a licensed mental health care professional for more information and help. You don’t have to suffer.


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