Charlotte schools: Don't refer to kids as boys, girls

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Charlotte schools are being told to not call children boys and girls.

CHARLOTTE (WTVD) -- A Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools presentation to principals and counselors recommends children are not to be referred to as boys and girls, but instead as scholars and students.

READ THE COMPLETE DOCUMENT: CMS transgender student presentation (.pdf)

Eliminating boy and girl references is one of several policies included in the CMS bully prevention regulations, WSOC reported.

One policy allows students to participate in extracurricular activities and overnight field trips based on their gender identity. A student who identifies as a girl would be allowed to participate in an "all-girl" overnight trip.

Another policy says CMS must evaluate all gender-based activities and "maintain only those that have clear and sound pedagogical purpose."

Another recommendation is to avoid lining up students by a boy/girl/boy format, instead using an alphabetical, birth month or favorite color designation.

The North Carolina Values Coalition calls the rules radical and a violation of privacy.

"School is no longer about reading, writing and arithmetic. It is now about gender fluidity," Tami Fitzgerald of the NC Values Coalition said.

CMS officials say the policies in the presentation are meant to serve as guidelines.

The NC Values Coalition plans to hold a rally outside the Government Center before the school board meeting Tuesday.

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