Bravery is inspiring

Letters to the Editor - 3/27/14 edition

March 26, 2014 

Dear Editor,

I feel as though the situation with Yosemite High School teacher Ms. Scot has been grossly misread. As a former student of Ms. Scot, from when she identified as Mr. Sconce, I must say how fortunate I was to have her as a teacher. She taught me so much both in science and in life, making my high school career more comfortable.

However, as wonderful as being taught by Mr. Sconce was, I envy all those future students who have the good fortune of having Ms. Scot. I see comments from parents concerned with this "perversion" and the fear with how this may confuse the children's moral sense of right and wrong. I say no situation will better teach the children of this town a sense of right and wrong than being taught by Ms. Scot.

Because of her condition, she will teach them the most firsthand lessons in tolerance and acceptance possible at the school, as they will be able to see just how equal she is to those born any other way.

Let me end by planting an idea into the minds of the concerned: Remember that Ms. Scot was once in school, feeling outcast and confused, and had nobody to talk to. Now, imagine your child is feeling this way because of his or her own Gender Dysphoria, possible homosexuality, or any other closeted feelings. Perhaps these feelings cause the child to become depressed and consider suicide.

Remember, then, that the child will know of Ms. Scot's past and will feel comfortable with speaking to her about these feelings, possibly saving a life. Certainly helping fulfill one, as she helped fulfill mine, and as she will continue to fulfill the lives of all her students.

Ms. Scot, your bravery is inspiring, and I commend and will always support you.

Patrick Hogan, Coarsegold

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