The Charlotte Independent School District in Charlotte, a rural town in Texas, wants to indoctrinate your children under the guise of mental health.
On its surface, the district’s website appears like any other, with information on the school schedule, supplies list, and student hand book. But a closer look reveals an attempt at pushing gender ideology onto young students and their parents. The school’s counseling department has a separate web page dedicated to mental health resources which is filled with information that seeks to groom students.
The page contains links to chat rooms where students are encouraged to seek advice from strangers. Q Chat Space is one of the recommended websites. It purports to provide online discussion groups for LGBTQ+ teens ages 13-19, facilitated by staff who are not mental health professionals. LGTBQ Youth Chatrooms is also included as one of the schools mental health resources. Their chat rooms are open to teens ages 19 and younger to “talk in a safe space and be able to express themselves without fear of being judged.” Both websites contain a “quick escape” button that prompts the page to shut down so that parents cannot see what their children are up to. Charlotte ISD is encouraging students to talk to strangers about their gender.
Other resources offered on the website include Validation Station and LGBTQ MAP. Validation Station is a free texting service that sends daily gender-affirming and “uplifting” text messages to trans and non-binary youth. LGBTQ MAP is a color-coded map that informs users which states have LGBTQ inclusive curriculum laws and which do not. States like Texas and Florida are shaded in dark orange, indicating that these states have a “Don’t Say Gay or Trans” law that “censors discussions of LGBTQ people or issues in school.”
The school also offers dangerous advice to adults dealing with LGBTQ children. Quoting President Biden, parents, teachers and doctors are encouraged to affirm trans-identifying children, because “Affirming a transgender child’s identity is one of the best things a parent, teacher, or doctor can do to help keep children from harm…” However, the opposite is true. A study conducted in Sweden concluded that sex-reassigned persons have “considerably higher risks for mortality, suicidal behavior, and psychiatric morbidity than the general population.”
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In an animated video featuring cartoon characters Mr. Green and his gender-confused son, parents are given step by step guidance on how to respond to a child that comes out as transgender. Instead of getting professional help for his troubled child like Mr. Green suggests, the video explains that actually he is the problem and he must affirm his child’s newfound identity no matter what. “By suggesting that something is wrong, Mr. Green makes his child feel like no one understands or supports them,” the narrator explains. Therefore, parents are encouraged to affirm their children’s transgender identity, or they risk causing “feelings of depression and hopelessness.”
Genderspectrum.org is another resource offered by the school. The website contains articles and advice for young people and their parents seeking information on gender identity. In an article titled “Understanding Gender” the author explains that “the relationship between a person’s gender and their body goes beyond one’s reproductive functions.” The website also addresses “Myths about Gender'' and concludes that there are more than two genders and that children are not too young to learn about gender diversity.
Charlotte ISD is located in the district represented by Tracy O. King in the Texas House of Representatives. Mr. King has a history of being anti school choice. A recent house vote showed that he promotes banning the use of state funds for school voucher programs. We emailed Mr. King to ask if he still maintains that parents who oppose gender ideology should be unable to send their children to a school of their choice. We have not received a response from his office.
It’s clear that rural Texas children are not immune to the gender ideology plaguing schools across America. While some schools boldly display their agenda in the curriculum, many disguise it under the veil of mental health. This is why our work is so important. We will continue to uncover what schools are recommending to children to help protect them from this dangerous ideology.