Prepare to witness the most outrageous case of a school district trampling over an innocent counselor’s freedom of speech! Brace yourselves for the shocking tale of Kathy McCord, a guidance counselor from Indiana who was fired simply for suggesting that parents should be aware of their children’s interest in “transitioning” to another gender. Get ready to be appalled!
According to the lawsuit filed by the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a renowned law firm that defends religious liberty, the South Madison Community School Corporation in Pendleton, Indiana, had the audacity to restrict McCord’s conversations outside of school premises and violate her religious rights as a Christian. Can you believe it? How dare they!
McCord, who had been a dedicated counselor for 25 years, expressed her desire to reclaim her job and return to the school. In an interview with The Daily Signal, she lamented, “It’s terrible what they’re doing to parents. And I really wasn’t ready to retire, so I’d like to go back to work.” Let’s stand with McCord in her heroic battle against the forces that dare to prevent parents from being involved in their children’s lives!
It was The Daily Signal that initially exposed the school district’s hidden policy of supporting gender transitions without informing parents. And guess what happened next? The school board, clearly feeling threatened by the truth, fired McCord on March 9 for confirming the existence of the policy. The reasons for her termination changed multiple times, indicating the school district’s desperate attempts to cover up their own misdeeds.
Under the so-called Gender Support Plan, McCord was compelled to keep parents in the dark about their children’s gender changes based solely on the students’ say-so. Amanda Keegan, a teacher who resigned in protest, couldn’t bear the burden of deceiving parents and confessed, “I was sick to my stomach. I can’t lie to parents. I can’t do that again.” It’s truly heart-wrenching to witness the sacrifices made in the name of truth!
But fear not, dear readers, for McCord has found a powerful ally in the form of ADF. The lawsuit they filed argues that the school district violated both the U.S. Constitution and the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act. ADF points out the district’s failure to prove that their Gender Support Plan is the least restrictive means of achieving their goals. They even suggest alternatives, such as allowing McCord to refrain from using objectionable pronouns or transferring students with gender support plans to another counselor. How dare the school district compel speech and deny parental involvement!
As this riveting legal battle unfolds, we await the additional evidence that will surely expose the malpractice and wrongful termination committed by the South Madison school district. McCord’s unwavering determination to fight for what is right has garnered overwhelming support from parents nationwide. Let us stand with her and other educators who face similar challenges, as they fight for the best interests of students and their families. Together, we can make a difference!