Parents of Copley-Fairlawn Middle Schoolers were alarmed to find out their children were set to be taught about gender identity as part of their fifth-grade health curriculum.
In a letter sent to parents, Ms. O'Donnell, a health teacher at Copley-Fairlawn Middle School, introduced the puberty education that fifth graders would receive. She wrote that the lessons would cover the physical and emotional changes that can be expected during puberty and would be taught in a way that was “age-appropriate, scientifically accurate, and non-judgmental.”
But the lessons did not appear to be age appropriate or scientifically accurate at all.
Students were expected to learn “the difference between sex assigned at birth and gender identity and expression.” They would also be taught about “internal and external reproductive body parts using medically accurate terms in a gender-neutral way.”
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The Copley-Fairlawn City Schools contracts with Akron Children's School Hospital. Akron Children's School Health Services provides school nurses and medical assistants to all schools in the district. This is the same hospital system that Libs of TikTok previously exposed for having a ‘Gender Affirming Center’ which offers puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones to kids as young as seven years old. Now this hospital is working with schools to inject gender ideology into the curriculum.
Last week, Libs of TikTok obtained a copy of the letter from a concerned parent and contacted the school for comment. The superintendent, Brian Poe, responded that a meeting had been held between the principal and Ms. O’Donnell. He assured us that an updated letter would go out to parents that afternoon, modifying the puberty lesson.
Principal Aaron Walker then sent an email to parents acknowledging that the original letter describing the lesson did not meet Ohio’s standards and confirmed that the school would not be teaching about gender identity.
Superintendent Poe reassured us that the school will not teach fifth graders about gender identity, gender expression, or that sex is “assigned” at birth.
Libs of TikTok is proud to have played a role in implementing the curriculum change at Copley-Fairlawn Middle School and will continue to use our platform to help parents hold educators accountable in schools across America. Gender ideology has no place in our schools and we will fight every day to expose it.
I think there is a about a 50% chance that those topics will get covered at that workshop anyway. I hope at least one parent there is able to attend to keep watch.