Final authority over LGBTQ clubs rests with parents

Regarding a recent article about LGBTQ clubs in the Marysville School District (“Marysville School Board proposes parental consent to join LGBTQ clubs,” The Herald, May 11)

I question the belief that the Marysville School Board will impede student access to clubs by nature of requiring parental permission, as stated by state Rep. Emily Wicks, “that this requirement would prevent children from getting the support and love they are not getting from home by getting in the way of safe and trusted educators, advocates and spaces at school.”

All parents love their children and their goal is for a happy and successful childhood. Taking the parent out of their role and not knowing where their child is while they are in this club is nonsense.

What this is really about is parents’ rights! We bore these children from inception and took on the role of protector, teacher and role mode. It is our right and obligation to our children to make decisions such as religion, schooling, discipline, medical treatment and so forth. It is our legal or moral obligation to our child until they reach the age of 18.

Assumptions are being made that these children who are seeking, questioning sex identity can’t come to their parents. Our teachers, staff, nurses, advisors, counselors and psychologists are trained to have their “feelers” up if they suspect something may be needed in a child’s life. That is where a call to the parents is appropriate. As a team, any issue with the child can be addressed, counseled etc. It is up to the parents the direction they want to take for their child.

Sue Ward


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