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As statue wars rewrite history, teachers target pronouns 'her' and 'him'

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As statue wars rewrite history, teachers target pronouns 'her' and 'him'

The New York Post recently covered a story that alleges a fifth-grade teacher in Florida sent home a letter to students requesting that they discontinue using gendered pronouns when referring to her. Causing a “stir among parents”, Chloe Bressack, the new math and science teacher at Canopy Oaks Elementary in Tallahassee, said eventually students would come around.

According to the Post, “a copy of the letter was later posted in a private Facebook group called, “Tally Moms Stay Connected,” where some parents strongly opposed the request. Others were in favor of it, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.”

“My prefix is Mx. (pronounced Mix). My pronouns are ‘they, them, their’ instead of ‘he, his, she, hers,’” the letter titled “About Mx. Bressack” reads.

Bressack told reporters her main priority was that students feel comfortable in the classroom, and the principal supported her request.

After the letter went viral on social media, the school issued an apology. The principal told the Tallahassee Democrat that “Bressack's preference on using gender-neutral pronouns is not being applied to anyone other than the teacher."

"We support her preference in how she's addressed, we certainly do," he said. "I think a lot of times it might be decided that there is an agenda there, because of her preference - I can tell you her only agenda is teaching math and science at the greatest level she can,” said the principal.

After the controversy began, LGBT groups got involved. As reported by WCTV:

“Chris Sands with PFLAG, an organization of supporters of the LGBTQ community, says Bressack's request is new to a lot of people.

He says pronouns are important to those who choose to be gender neutral, saying ‘To ignore their pronouns is to sort of erase a part of their identity. So, all they're looking for is a little bit of acknowledgement.’”

You can view the original letter sent by the teacher here.

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