Are you shocked?

Letters to the Editor - 3/20/14 edition

March 18, 2014 

Dear Editor,

There is a teacher at Yosemite High School that is in the process of having a sex change. This teacher has informed the school district that he will return after the Easter break transformed from his former male self into a woman and is requiring to be addressed as such.

This person has requested that the YHS students, YHS parents, YHS administration and colleagues accept this.

Are you shocked? I hope so.

I would like to pose a question to this gentleman. Why is it that you need to take hormones in order to make the physical changes you have chosen to make? Really, must we accept this?

It seems to me that the contract signed by you in order to teach at YHS was signed by a man. This man, you claim no longer exists. It stands to reason then, that your choice has proven to be a deal breaker because YHS did not hire a woman. In my opinion if you want to retain your job at YHS, then be the man who was hired, or leave to pursue your new life.

People of the community, the point of this letter is to reveal the challenge this community is now facing and in turn, to challenge the community to become a voice against this unacceptable situation. Are we willing to fall prey to grey area thinking, like live and let live, or who are we to judge? I see this as an assault on the minds and morals of our children. It blurs the lines of what is right and wrong.

I challenge the adults of this community to take a stand for our children, showing them that there is a time not to accept the unacceptable, rather to identify a wrong and stand firm against ever accepting it as a right.

Don't let this challenge fall solely on the shoulders of the YHS administration. Let your voice be heard.

Kathi Bales, Oakhurst

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To learn more about this YHS teacher read the Sierra Star article: YHS teacher undergoes sex change ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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