Educators should never be required to deceive parents about information pertaining to their children’s mental health. Not only is this a violation of parental rights, but it’s also a violation of teachers’ freedom of speech and religion.

Further, children should not be left on their own to navigate difficult issues such as gender dysphoria.

Remarkably, public schools are now pressuring teachers into actively deceiving parents when a child has become confused about their sex.

Alaska Family Council received the following email, below, directly from a teacher within the Anchorage School District, who wishes to remain anonymous. The email is from a school counselor regarding a 12-year-old child.

“STUDENT filled out the Title IX form with me today.

NEW NAME likes to be called NEW NAME in school, but NEW NAME goes by OLD NAME at home.

NEW NAME uses the pronouns THEY.

Also, NEW NAME prefers to use the nurse’s office rather than the girls’ bathroom.

When contacting home, please refer to NEW NAME LASTNAME as OLD NAME LASTNAME (Uses their birth name) because NEW NAME has not told their parents about their gender choices yet.

We won’t add NEW NAME’s Nickname on Q yet until NEW NAME’s approval.

Thank you for your understanding and for taking care of our students.”

Some might call this a smoking gun.

Policies that force teachers to keep parents in the dark when it comes to students’ intentions to “change” genders and socially “transition” at school are being challenged and shot down in court.

Recently, in a major victory for parents’ rights in California, a federal judge blocked a school district from enforcing these kind of policies. (Read decision here).

When teachers are required to use students’ “preferred pronouns” or chosen names during the school day, but when speaking with parents, they’re instructed to use the students’ biological pronouns and legal names, public schools become adversaries of parents and teachers and they must be stopped.

Many school policies overtly state that there is no need to reveal a student’s transgender status to individuals who do not have a “legitimate need for the information, without the student’s consent.” Incredibly, these policies assume that parents or caretakers do not have a right to be involved in the health and wellbeing of their very own children.

Alaska Family Council is working diligently with legal experts right now to hold those accountable who are responsible for this madness. We’ll have an announcement very soon. Parents, teachers and students deserve better.

Please consider linking arms with us to keep pressing in on this issue. Your partnership is essential.

The views expressed here are those of the author.

OP-ED: Anchorage school counselor says district is hiding 12-year-old’s gender ID from parents

Jim Minnery
A lifelong Alaskan, Jim Minnery has served as the executive director of Alaska Family Council since its inception in 2006.


  • Elizabeth Henry says:

    The school counselor should be fired. The teacher likely would not lose their job, despite their fears, if they called out the gross federal law violation of the counselor. They only have to say “this is what happened, it is wrong, and I dare you to fire me”. I do not think that is simplistic nor even very risky. Those of us that know better, and still retain independent thought and an awareness of right and wrong, need to muster up our courage and stand up to such despicable actions. Cowering in the corner under fictitious name or anonymity will accomplish little.

    • DaveMaxwell says:

      I love the passion! How do propose to act with courage? What is that going to look like! Casting a vote, calling your representative, having a prayer vigil????? Or maybe post your opinion on MRA or the watchman. Just a short look into the future isn’t very promising! It’s obvious society is not recognizable anymore and our tried and true methods of slowing the leak aren’t working at all! I’m bringing this to your attention because yesterday’s response will not work anymore and we’re now all forced to assess what we are going to have to do! This country is a representative government that no longer functions as such. That may give us a clue where our focus ought to start. Not excluding the need for repentance among those who say they are believers!

  • Clown World says:

    Get your kids out of ASD asap. No school should use children as fodder for their political delusions.

    • Kathy says:

      Undermining the parental child relationship is never healthy for a child. This is abuse and all children should be removed.

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Thank you for working on this and sharing the information with us Mr. Minnery. I can imagine how I would feel if I had found out about my 12 year-old’s secret identity and it would not be good. Talk about destroying families and children’s trust in their parents wisdom.

    • DaveMaxwell says:

      Dave Donely has already revealed this information! He’s actually on the school board. Seems like Minnery is redundant! I challenge Minnery to step up his game and actually protect these kids!
      Pete and repeat!

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    Come on now Jim isn’t your concern slightly misplaced? Chloe Cole incident with dunleavy posing for the camera hugging the victim just after dunleavy lied to her calling it pseudoscience.
    Jim why haven’t you called this governor out on this? If in fact it is pseudoscience why are the tax payers coerced into paying for it? Step up to the plate Jim and use your platform to actually protect these kids!

  • Neil DeWitt says:

    This is sowrong in every aspect. The children are the parents responsibility not the schools. The child is going through a lot and needs professional help. The school needs to inform the parent and tge child needs yo get the help they need. By hiding it and allowing a child thst has no idea what is right or wrong or good/bad fir tgen shouldn’t be slowed to make this kind of a decision. The decision should be a combined effort of teacher, parent and doctor. We need to stop this WOKE crap and uphold the law and the California rule.

  • Randy March says:

    Consider that NEWNAME is likely to consider suicide if the parents are told something that is shared in confidence.
    Do you also believe that a priest should share information obtained in a confessional?

    • Tamra Nygaard says:

      Nice false analogy. No priest will offer absolution to an unrepentant sinner. Neither will they break the seal, upon pain of hellfire. However, a school counselor usually doesn’t even have professional credentials, and is certainly not in a position to take over the raising of children from parents. That is not the role of even a mental health professional. You know who commits suicide? Suicidal people, who need the truth and real mental health treatment, not playing pretend and being praised for being confused. You know who else commits suicide at a very high rate? Transitioners. Now go lay down by your dish.

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  • Toscano says:

    Oh, Wow! The Federal Guv speaketh, and the Federal Guv taketh away. Try something else, and it goes like this: “We should obey God, rather than men.”

  • Lucinda says:

    God? Happy to obey god if you can convince me that he exists. Not being my usual snark. If there is a god I sure want to know!