Transgender and gender-diverse children might choose to temporarily suppress puberty through the use of prescription medications called pubertal blockers. The medications mostly commonly used to suppress puberty are known as gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) analogues. According to the Mayo Clinic, taking this medicine suppress the body’s release of hormones, including testosterone and estrogen, during puberty.
While the decision of taking this treatment is a huge step for everyone in their lives, an elderly high school nurse claims that minor students are given this medicine and some of the teachers in the school where she works are helping students to keep the treatment secret. Once the teacher publicly revealed what was going on in a Facebook post, she was placed on administrative leave pending investigation.
The story was brough to the light of the day by the 77-year-old Kathleen Cataford who had been working as a high school nurse in the Conne. based Richard J Kinsella Magnet School up until recently, before she was suspended over a Facebook post revealing that an 11-year-old at the school where she worked was on puberty blockers.
Writing on a local mom’s group in response to a request for local school recommendations, the 77-year-old said: ‘Investigate the school system curriculum…CT is a very socially liberal, gender confused state,’ the post read. According to Cataford’s claims, only two students let their parents know about the treatment, while all other students kept it secret from the parents, school administration and the social security workers all with the help of several teachers.
Cataford pointed out the anti-science decision of allowing children to receive puberty blockers when the steralizing drugs are known to cause serious lasting harm. She said that formative brain development continues until individual reaches their early 20s, “hence laws prohibiting alcohol, vaping, and cannabis.” Puberty blockers can have irreversible negative effects that can impair the user’s health later in life, such as sterility and the inability to attain orgasm. However, those in favor of puberty blockers claim they can save trans lives, mentally.
The mother of the 11-year-old, who the nurse recalled to in the FB post, informed the school administration about the teacher sharing personal and medical information about a specific student, which is understandably, strictly prohibited. That prompted the school district to immediately launch an internal investigation and said they “took immediate action” to remove the nurse in question from the school while officials investigate the matter.
Shortly after, the school district’s Superintendent released a statement in which it was said that ‘the school district strives to provide an inclusive environment where all students feel seen, valued, respected, and heard while upholding all of the staff to a high standard, entrusting them to be caretakers and leaders in the community.’ The nurse was placed on administrative leave pending internal investigation even though the nurse was not named in the statement, citing privacy concerns.
The family of the student, which was not identified due to the student’s age, said they are happy with the district’s immediate response suspending the nurse in regards to her FB post and comments. ‘As a family we are very happy with how thoroughly and quickly the school and the district has taken action to both ensure the nurse is fully investigated and ensure the safety and privacy of our child. They could not have done a better job,’ relatives told local news station WSFB3 in a statement.