An elderly Connecticut school nurse has been suspended for publicly claiming school officials keep some gender treatment secret from parents.
Hartford Public Schools Superintendent Leslie Torres-Rodriguez Monday issued a letter to community members informing them of the nurse’s suspension.
Ms. Torres-Rodriguez did not name the nurse in her letter, a copy of which was included in a Twitter user’s post.
“With deep regret, we write to inform you that a school nurse made inappropriate comments regarding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning (LGBTQ+) Hartford Public Schools students on social media,” wrote the superintendent. “The comments were made in a Facebook group and described private and personal details about a specific student.”
“The nurse has been put on administrative leave while the district conducts an investigation.”
Kathleen Cataford, 77, a nurse at the Richard J Kinsella Magnet School in Hartford, was suspended Monday over the Facebook post, which was branded transphobic. The school superintendent said in her letter that the district does not tolerate any language that could be harmful to the school community.
Torres-Rodriguez did not immediately return a Friday afternoon telephone call for comment.
Ms. Cataford reportedly warned a Facebook group to carefully evaluate a school’s curriculum in response to moms asking for public school recommendations.
“As a public school nurse, I have an 11yo female student on puberty blockers and a dozen identifying as non-binary, all but two keeping this as a secret from their parents with the help of teachers, SSW and school administration,” claimed Cataford in her post. “Teachers and SSW are spending 37.5 hours a week influencing our children, not necessarily teaching our children what YOU think is being taught.” The mother of the 11 year-old mentioned reportedly saw the Facebook post and notified HPS officials.
The contents and the context in which the post was confirmed by her, according to the DailyMail report, which added the mother declined further comment, to protect her child’s privacy.
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