Nashville’s elite all-girls prep school updates their gender policy to allow admittance of students who identify as girls, but might boot biological females who identify as boys.
The woke students at 157-year-old Harpeth Hall in Nashville, TN, which counts A-list actress Reese Witherspoon and country singer Amy Grant as celebrity alumnus, tried to bully school administratiors into recognizing that the student body don’t all identify as cisgneder and female, but might have gotten their transgender classmates kicked out in the process.
An op-ed in the school’s student newspaper complained that “official school policies exclude transgender students,” by lacking a “concrete statement” declaring how transitioning students would be supported.
“The original mission of Harpeth Hall as an all-girls school was to uplift those who have been marginalized,” the three student editors wrote. “While the school claims to support trans students, this support needs to be formalized.”
“Additionally, practices must be implemented to ensure the inclusion of trans students because the assumption that all students at Harpeth Hall are cisgender and female does not accurately depict the student body and ostracizes trans students,” the March 2021 article said.
The writers got their wish, when the school unveiled a new “gender diversity policy” that will allow “any student who identifies as a girl” to apply for admission.
“As the world evolves, so do our students. The concept of gender has expanded and deepened over time,” the policy states. “The members of our school community have asked good and important questions about gender inclusion and have looked for greater clarity on the school’s practices.”
However, according to the administration, “Harpeth Hall is a girls school.” As it is “distinctly about girls,” they refer to their students as “girls and young women,” and collectively use female pronouns. While they plan to allow female identifying students into their classrooms, those who identify as boys have to go.
“If a student communicates a desire to be identified as male or adopt he/him pronouns, we recognize that our school, being a girls school, may no longer be a place that serves that student well,” the philosophy states. “We see this acknowledgment as the ultimate form of respect: an understanding that we support the individual and the student’s gender identity.”