A mother has filed a lawsuit against a New Hampshire school district after it suspended her son, who is Catholic, from the football team because he insisted that there are only two genders.
“M.P. had an exchange with a progressive student [at Exeter High School], who is described as not being transgendered, on a school bus,” the NH Journal reported.
“During the conversation, M.P. relayed his belief informed by Catholic teaching that there are two genders, male and female.”
On the school bus, M.P. — as the outlet refers to the Catholic student — had been discussing the difficulty of using third-person pronouns in Spanish when referring to a “non-binary person.” That’s when a debate broke out between M.P. and a student who identifies as “non-binary.”
“There [are] more than two genders,” the other student said.
“No, there isn’t: there are only two genders,” M.P. responded.
From there, the two took their conversation to a text chain after they exited the bus. You can guess what happened next: the school administration seized the text messages.
The district then suspended M.P. for “failing to respect another student’s gender pronouns and for ‘inappropriate language’ used in his texts, such as ‘bozo’ and ‘stfu.'”
The lawsuit reads as follows:
The student does not deny that he violated the Gender Nonconforming Students policy. .. He in fact denied, and will continue to deny, that any person can belong to a gender other than that of “male” or “female.”… The student will never refer to any individual person using plural pronouns such as “they,” using contrived pronouns such as “ze,” or with any similar terminology that reflects values which (the student) does not share. … Regardless of what defendants may think about these words, M.P. did not use profane or insulting language towards any person while in the school building, on a school bus, during school activities, or on school property in any of the events leading up to his athletic suspension and this case.
In other words, if a student doesn’t buy into the idea that there is a long list of gender identities, he must either shut up and agree or risk his spot on the football team in this district. If you are a parent in New Hampshire, that’s now the conversation you have to have with your child.