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Harpeth Hall, the elite all-girls school in Nashville that previously said it would accept applications from biological males who identify as girls, has now announced it will not implement the new policy.
In an email to parents, the Harpeth Hall Board of Trustees said that they “recognize that this philosophy elicited strong reactions of support and opposition beyond our expectations.” The Board also said they “care deeply” about the feedback received from parents.
This decision comes on the heels of a letter from parents, alumnae and donors expressing their frustration with the new policy.
The letter forcefully stated that the school should exclusively select and educate girls who were born female and have continued to identify and live as females.
The Board acknowledged in their email the historic status of Harpeth Hall as an all-girl institution is one of the main contributors to why parents choose the school. The Board also said they don’t “wish to make any changes to the school’s longstanding admission practices.”
Despite the backtracking, parents, alumnae and donors to Harpeth Hall sent a second letter Thursday asking for the resignation of “members of the administration and board who have been proponents or enablers of political activism and division.”
The second letter also said the Board of Trustees and school administration have “been more focused on political activism than educating our girls.”
The overriding issue for parents is placing biological males in an institution exclusively for females does not align with what the school’s mission is supposed to be.
Those who sent their children to Harpeth Hall assumed that their girls would have a consistent educational experience.
That changed when administrators seemingly ignored parental objections and instituted a drastic change in school composition.
Harpeth Halt: Substantial Win For Parents, Alumnae, Donors
The pause in policy is a substantial win for parents, alumnae and donors who were concerned about the dramatic change in admission policy. The email’s explanation for this about-face also indicates that the school’s administrators were not prepared for the amount of pushback they received.
Based on their initial announcement, it’s abundantly clear the school did intend to change their admissions practices. But after numerous parents, alumnae and donors put their names on the letter expressing their frustrations, they were forced to reverse course.
The second letter also says that these concerned groups will be withholding “all financial contributions to the school” until those involved in the original announcement resign.
It’s not clear if the “pause” will be permanent or temporary. The initial strong reactions seem to indicate that administrators will face even stronger blowback if they attempt to reinstate the new policy.
This exact situation will almost assuredly play out at private schools across the country. At one institution at least, concerned parents were able to ensure their daughters would remain in school exclusively with other girls.
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After the news initially broke regarding the school’s change in procedures, OutKick founder Clay Travis reacted: “If you’re a boy but you “feel” like a girl, congratulations and welcome to Harpeth Hall – an elite all-girls school in Nashville that has gone full woke.”
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Bravo to all of the parents, students, administrators, and alums of Harpeth Hall who stood up against the transgender insanity.