Germantown Municipal School Board candidates weighed in on hot-button issues like critical race theory and gender ideology during a forum Thursday evening.In the fight for seat Position 2, Jeffrey Chipman, a public school teacher, said teachers need to use the preferred pronouns of transgender students.
“I’m personally a member of the LGBT community,” Chipman said. “Every child that walks into my classroom needs to feel like they are comfortable… If a person has an objection, then they just don’t need to speak to that child.”
He added: “It is never okay to misgender a trans child. It is never okay to mispronoun them intentionally.”
Pediatrician Dr. Daniel Chatham, a Republican, strongly disagreed.“I don’t think that any teacher or student should be forced to use a gender pronoun for another student that does not match their gender if they are uncomfortable doing so,” Chatham said.