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The Tennessee Conservative [By Jason Vaughn] –
We reported on August 11th that a Nashville elite all-girls school, Harpeth Hall, had enacted a new policy to allow applications from individuals who identify as females, regardless of their biological sex.
After significant pushback from the community, the school has decided to “pause” on the enactment of their new ‘Gender Diversity Policy’ that was created by the school’s Board of Trustees at the request of school leadership.
In a letter obtained by Breitbart News, the Board of Trustees stated, “We recognize that this philosophy elicited strong reactions of support and opposition beyond our expectations,” it reads. “We care deeply about your feedback, and we have heard you.”
The letter goes on to state, “Based on the response from our school community, Harpeth Hall is choosing to pause the adoption of the philosophy in order to engage a wider audience in continued discussion.”
Also noted in the letter was a statement that the Board of Trustees will “follow up regarding next steps as we engage our community in the continued discussion about … our all-girls mission at Harpeth Hall.”
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Following the initial letter sent out to parents regarding the school’s decision to allow boys who identify as girls into the school, parents showed strong opposition, citing concerns for their daughters’ safety and for the integrity of the elite all-girls’ school that had notable alumni such as actress Reese Witherspoon, singer Amy Grant, and comedian and Grand Ole Opry regular Minnie Pearl.
In the letter sent to parents previously, the school outlined its new ‘Gender Philosophy’ which read, “Harpeth Hall is a girls school. The school culture is unique and distinctly about girls, complete with the use of references to students as girls and young women and the collective use of female pronouns. Any student who identifies as a girl may apply to our school. Students who join and remain at Harpeth Hall do so because our mission as a school for girls resonates with them.”
The document went on to explain that students who express a desire to be identified as male or adopt he/him pronouns will “not be served well” at Harpeth Hall.
Being a Nashville institution since 1865, this new policy came as a shock to Harpeth parents and Tennesseans across the state.
Concerned Tennessee parents commented that Harpeth had become infected with the “Woke Pandemic” and that “Parents and students need to take a hard stand!”
It would appear that the outcry from parents and more likely multiple parents threatening to remove their daughters and the tuition funds that comes with them caught the attention of the school’s board of trustees.
As one individual commented, “Money talks.”
However, one Tennessee Conservative subscriber told us that the school’s woke agenda is far from over and that citizens should not become complacent by this small victory.
The subscriber said, “Our community is very aware of how liberal the school has become. It is a story in itself…a stealth takeover to the point where a teacher who has a pro life license plate was told to remove it. He chose to quit instead. He may have been the last holdout. There are NO conservatives and NO tolerance, with students even receiving lower grades when turning in work with conservative values or viewpoints. Nothing Christian. Very few real minorities. The Spanish teacher is not Hispanic. When challenged they said they could find no qualified applicants!!! There’s more. Anyway, they plan to roll this out for sure.”
About the Author: Jason Vaughn, Media Coordinator for The Tennessee Conservative ~ Jason previously worked for a legacy publishing company based in Crossville, TN in a variety of roles through his career. Most recently, he served as Deputy Director for their flagship publication. Prior, he was a freelance journalist writing articles that appeared in the Herald Citizen, the Crossville Chronicle and The Oracle among others. He graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor’s in English-Journalism, with minors in Broadcast Journalism and History. Contact Jason at news@TennesseeConservativeNews.com